At His Mercy

I have been thinking about the phrase, “I’m at your mercy.” Usually, that implies we have a debt we cannot pay and we are hoping the person to whom we owe that debt will be merciful. We don’t often find ourselves grateful to be at someone else’s mercy, for that indicates that we are not in control, helpless in a way. What an amazing thing, however, to be at the mercy of our Savior.

Yesterday as Joel and I talked of all that God is teaching us, he shared this verse with me: Psalm 130:3 “If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you, there is forgiveness, therefore you are feared.” The awesome part of this verse, is that the very reason we fear God is because He does forgive sins. In our own way of thinking, this would not make a person fearful. It might even make them something of a “push-over.” But God’s forgiveness is not given as an acquiescence of His power and holiness. His forgiveness comes at great personal expense. He is to be feared in the sense of held in high honor or awed, because His forgiveness opens the door for us to enter into a relationship with Him.

I find myself at His mercy every day…I owe a debt I cannot pay, I am not in control of my circumstances, and I am utterly helpless. But God is to be feared, because He is merciful. He forgives sins, He reconciles, He gives hope, He gives us the desire and power to please Him. He gives joy in the mourning. I am so thankful to be at His mercy!

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