Day Four: Mercy Intervenes

Psalm 123:3-4 (MSG)
We’re watching and waiting, holding our breath,
awaiting your word of mercy.
Mercy, God, mercy!
We’ve been kicked around long enough,
Kicked in the teeth by complacent rich men,
kicked when we’re down by arrogant brutes.

“We live under mercy…He rules, guides, commands, loves us as children whose destinies he carries in his heart. The word mercy means that the upward look to God in the heavens does not expect God to stay in the heavens but to come down, to enter our condition, to accomplish the vast enterprise of redemption, to fashion in us his eternal salvation.” [Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction]

The psalmist is confident that God will show mercy. On what or whom are you basing your confidence today?

God rules, guides, commands, loves us as children whose destinies he carries in his heart. Is this the experience in your relationship with God?

What are you trying to accomplish – is it in line with God’s vast enterprise of redemption?

Things can turn today. God is not distant. He is the God of mercy who came to us and is with us. Are you experiencing troubles? Do you need God’s help yet feel that God is distant?

Today, let’s humbly place our confidence in God’s mercy. Let’s ask God to strengthen our believing that he is our loving Father who carries our destinies in his heart and to intervene to fashion in us his eternal salvation.

– CH

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