Great is The Mercy!
“For great is your mercy toward me and you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol” (Psalms 86:13).
God says that He will be gracious towards us and that grace will be great. The word ‘Grace’ is the sweetest and great of all other words. God graciously came in search of us. He graciously took the form of a bondservant. He graciously gave Salvation, Peace and Joy.
When I was a boy, I had a friend with an identical name of mine and we were studying in the same class. Whenever someone called the name ‘Jebadurai’ both of us will be standing up. Since this created big confusion, to avoid the same, I changed my name to ‘Sam Jebadurai.’
My friend Jebadurai was fair in colour while I was dark and so he was called as ‘White Jebadurai.’ He possessed great talents and in school plays he used to act very well. He was the one to be appreciated by all. But my case was not so. The deformity in my leg did not allow me to play any game and I stayed alone with an inferiority complex. Also, I was unable to score high marks as he did.
But I was sure about one thing. God and His grace were with me. Even in my tiny age, God spoke to me. Even as a small boy, I used to distribute the tracts street after street and road after road. With zeal, I read the Scripture. As days went by, God exalted me both spiritually and worldly. But my friend Jebadurai was not exalted by God as I had been and he died too at an early age.
Of all the mercies which God showed on us, the greatest was that He delivered us from the depths of Sheol and the sea of fire which is an eternal sorrow. David mentions the same as “For great is your mercy toward me and you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol” (Psalms 86:13). “The mercy of God being shown even on those who are unworthy” is the meaning for the word ‘Grace.’ Did he not embrace us as his own children even though we were sinners and transgressors? What a great grace!
We wonder over how big the sky is when compared to earth. The distance between the earth and sun can never be measured. The Scripture says, “For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him” (Psalms 103:11).
When King Solomon constructed a big church for God, he remembered the great grace of God. He made the heart of God to rejoice by humbling himself before Him and offered thousands of sacrifices to Him. The entire church was filled with God’s glory, cloud and fire when he praised and worshipped the grace of God. His promise is that “My kindness shall not depart from you” (Isaiah 54:10).
To meditate: “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let Israel now say, “His mercy endures forever” (Psalms 118:1, 2).