Meditation

Meditation for 05/21/2019

“But I lead a blameless life; redeem me and be merciful to me.” (Psalm 26:11)

Frequently the psalmist sought God’s mercy. God’s mercy (Hebrew – chanan) is His unmerited blessing and favor. It expresses His love and compassion, apart from which there would be no salvation. Mercy is a basic characteristic of God.

He decides the word by who He is. No human analogies are sufficient to define it. God is not neutral or basically opposed to humans. He is partial to us and shows us undeserved mercy. God’s mercy makes deliverance and forgiveness possible.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Abba, Your mercy or “chanan” is possible because You are merciful in Your giving of unmerited blessing favor. You desire to shower us with love and affection reveals Your desire to bless us, Your people. Help us to seek You out in all t hings in our lives, at home and work. Let our joy in You, shine forth in all of our interactions with those around us. In is in Jesus precious name that we pray this. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

To ease the heartache of another will ease the weight of one’s self.”

KNOWING GOD:

“Great are your purposes and mighty are your deeds. Your eyes are open to all the ways of men; you reward everyone according to his conduct and as his deeds deserve.” (Jeremiah 3:23)

The Judean kingdom had once been strong in faith from top to bottom. After Josiah had died, the kingdom under lesser leadership fell into disarray. They allowed themselves to falter in their faith. They began to make agreements with neighboring countries, no longer dependent upon God to protect them, and this led them open to attack by the Babylonians under king Nebuchadnezzar. They made the fatal mistake of mixing their own religion with others and allowed these practices in the Temple. Jeremiah even purchased land and did so knowing and believing that in spite of the coming storm, that God could and would restore it because of his faith. Jeremiah had been commissioned to deliver a very difficult message to Judah, that their “make believe” faith was neither real nor strong enough to hold up under the Babylonian captivity. It’s not healthy to live as if history is in the past. Our faith is grounded in the faith that we have in God at all times. They made a feeble attempt to try and come back to God, but it wasn’t heartfelt or a commitment totally to Him. We are today, on the precipice of following the same path that the Judean’s took and we know how that works out. We must come back to God in heart, mind, and soul, believing that He will take care of us and protect us from ourselves. Like Judah, we are wavering in our beliefs and our commitment to God as our only hope. The storm we are beginning to experience will not go away, but only intensify if we don’t turn around and recommit ourselves to Him.

I AM:

Salvation, Grace: (Romans 5:15, 20-21)

We have been given the gift of grace, and it is offered in abundance. Grace far exceeds even the possibility of sin in this world; however, we must accept that gift through our acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and recognize that this wonderful gift comes from God. Grace is not limited to a select few. God, in providing salvation through Jesus, offers grace to all sinners in abundance. In God’s plan grace will ultimately rule the world. Are you one of God’s own? Have you accepted God’s Son as Savior? Are you following Him purposes for your life?

Second Thought of the Day:

“To the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.” (Ephesians 1:6-8)

Beloved, God’s glorious gift of grace is cause for praise. He lavishes upon us the riches of His grace through His beloved Son. We have everything we need in the One whom He loves.

By pouring out His blood on the cross, Jesus redeemed us from slavery to sin, forgave our sins, and bestowed upon us the gift of grace. God’s grace on us, revealed the nature of His wisdom, and previewed His ultimate purpose to unite the universe under His rule. Clear enough? I pray so.

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