MERCY THAT ENDURES FOREVER!
“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever” (Psalm 136:1).
Among all the Psalms, the 136th is a special one. There are 26 verses in it and every verse ends with the words ‘His mercy endures forever’. After defining all the miracles, signs and greatness of God, he adds grace also in the list and glorifies God by saying ‘His mercy endures forever’.
In the Hebrew language, the word ‘grace’ is noted as ‘hhen’ and in Greek as ‘Charis’. The meaning is “one who is great, helping others unmindful of his greatness.’ ‘Grace’ is the immeasurable love showed by God of the Most High towards an ordinary man created with clay.
After meditating on this ‘Grace’ David says ‘His mercy endures forever’. Meditate a little about the word ‘forever’ and you can find the word pointing out the past, present and the future too. He is gracious forever - yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Dear children of God, the word ‘yesterday’ points out your past which is a very short period. But for God, this word points out several millions of years. Yes. God was gracious towards you even before the foundation of the world. He chose you even before the foundation of the world. He became the lamb slain for your sake even before the foundation of the world. That is the grace of God.
Even today God is gracious. Not only that. He has opened the door of grace and is pouring the Spirit of grace. He will also be gracious in the future. He will rule for thousands of years with grace. He will be compassionate towards you and show you grace eternally.
The Scripture says: “In mercy, the throne will be established; and One will sit on it in truth, in the tabernacle of David, judging and seeking justice and hastening righteousness” (Isaiah 16:5). Yes, since God is gracious towards you, He has installed the throne to enable you to be with God forever.
God has not appointed us for eternal hell or hade but He will save and redeem us. He will grant to sit with Him on His throne, all those who overcome (Revelation 3:21). Will you praise that God with gratitude? Will you stay steadfast in His grace?
“I will betroth you to me forever; yes, I will betroth you to me in righteousness and justice, in loving kindness and mercy” (Hosea 2:19).