We desire to dwell in our thoughts and affections on the Word of God. We delight in His law and meditate in it day and night (Psalm 1:2). We muse deeply on the love and mercy of Christ. We see the exceeding riches of His grace in light of His holiness, justice, and wrath. It is a truly awesome thing to contemplate His eternally enduring mercy:
“…to Him who struck Egypt in her first-born; for His mercy endures forever; and brought Israel out from among them; for His mercy endures forever; with a strong hand and a stretched out arm; for His mercy endures forever; to Him who divided the Sea of Reeds into parts; for His mercy endures forever; and made Israel pass through the middle of it; for His mercy endures forever; but shook Pharaoh and his army off in the Sea of Reeds; for His mercy endures forever; to Him who led His people in the wilderness; for His mercy endures forever; to Him who struck great kings; for His mercy endures forever; and killed majestic kings; for His mercy endures forever” (Psalm 136:10-18).
It is a wonderful thing to see how God’s striking of Egypt and His killing of great and majestic kings inspires us to think of mercy. It is the blood of the Passover Lamb where we witness mercy triumphing over judgment. It is the propitiating blood and imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ alone that makes the difference between being struck down and being passed over. Praise be to God through His Son, Jesus Christ!
“He shall send from Heaven and save me; He will shame the one who crushes me. Selah. God shall send His mercy and His truth” (Psalm 57:3).
“The God of my mercy shall go before me; God shall let me see my desire on my enemies” (Psalm 59:10).
“And in Your mercy cut off my enemies; and exterminate all those who distress my soul; for I am Your servant” (Psalm 143:12).
“O man, He has declared to you what is good. And what does Jehovah require of you, but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8).
“Therefore, as elect ones of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassions, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering, bearing with one another and forgiving yourselves, if anyone has a complaint against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also you should forgive. And above all these, love, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which you also were called in one body, and be thankful. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, in all wisdom teaching and exhorting yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And everything, whatever you do in word or in work, do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:12-17).
“Who is a God like You, forgiving iniquity and passing by the transgression of the remnant of His possession? He does not make strong His anger forever, for He delights in grace. He will return to pity us; He will subdue our iniquities. Yea, You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. You will give faithfulness to Jacob, kindness to Abraham, which You have sworn to our fathers from the days of old” (Micah 7:18-20).