Oh the Mercy of God

Yesterday the Lord reminded me again of His mercy.

It began when I opened my Bible and read the Psalm for the day. Monday through to Friday I read several chapters from the Bible in order to read through the entire Bible in eighteen months, but on the weekends, I read and meditate on a Psalm each day.

Sunday this Psalm happened to be Psalm 136. Before I opened my Bible I was feeling frustrated with something that is going on in my life - something that I seem to have no control over and which I feel I can no longer cope with. And then I read these words:

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.

O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.

To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever. ...

Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:

And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.

O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.

By the time I had finished reading, I knew without a doubt that His mercy endures forever! There was nothing I could not face with Him at my side.

Later at church Son#2 and I played Geoff Bullock's song, Oh the Mercy of God, during Communion. It's the song that Son#1 chose to have sung at his baptism, and it's always been a favourite of mine. You can listen to it here.

And then toward the end of church the speaker asked Son#2 to play the keyboard. As my son prepared to play, the speaker spoke a few simple words that had a profound effect on me, bringing tears to my eyes. The speaker had no way of knowing the effect his words would have on me; no way of knowing our family's history - yet what he said convinced me once again of God's mercy. He uses us - weak vessels - when we are willing. He can take our blackest moments and turn them into a sweet offering. We don't have to be perfect - we can't be - but we just have to be willing.

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.


Sharon said…
Thank you for sharing this. I am dealing with some frustrations right now that I don't see an end to and am having a difficult time reacting to in the right attitude. I know God is in control because He is God. Lord I believe, help Thou my unbelief.
simplebeauty said…

I just had to come and comment back on the "Topeka Kansas" comment! I think it is so neat that you have met people from Kansas! Especially Topeka. I live about 30 miles to the West of Topeka. I love it here in Kansas. The Flint Hills area is just full of priarie grass and huge rolling hills. On the way home from church yesterday (in Topeka) I drove a scenic drive home. I just want to sink into my prarie grass and stay for a long long time. I was affraid that I was never going to get the oppurtunity to live here again and now that I'm here I don't want to leave :O)

Anyway, I think it is neat!!
SchnauzerMom said…
Thanks for sharing. That is beautiful.
Noel said…
I think I had mentioned to you once before that I was praying for a flute for my daughter who wanted to learn to play. Today while interviewing a prospective student, the parent happened to mention she had a flute just sitting around and she has offered to exchange lessons for the flute. It was an answer to prayer and I thought I would mention it to you :)
Jules said…
Noel, that is neat! It's great the way God answers our prayers. I'm praying for a flute to become available but I still have a few months left on the one I've hired so there's no rush. I have my heart set on a Pearl flute - but I'll wait and see what happens.

Sharon, I think we all go through those stages of unbelief. Sometimes we need to be gently reminded that God is in control and will see us through whatever it is that we're dealing with. I've also discovered that the sooner we submit to His will, the easier it is for us.

Simplebeauty, some of the nicest people live in Topeka! Perhaps one day I'll get to visit - if I ever overcome my fear of flying.

Hi, SM. Did you listen to the song? I just love that song and Geoff Bullock has his own personal testimony of God's mercy.

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