Substituting our 911′s with 119′s Part 20: Mercy and Unfailing Love
Psalm 119:153-160 Resh
Look upon my suffering and rescue me,
For I have not forgotten your instructions.
Argue my case; take my side!
Protect my life as you promised.
The wicked are far from rescue,
For they do not bother with your decrees.
Lord, how great is your mercy;
Let me be revived by following your regulations.
Many persecute and trouble me,
Yet I have not swerved from your laws.
Seeing these traitors makes me sick at heart,
Because they care nothing for your word.
See how I love your commandments, Lord,
Give back my life because of your unfailing love,
The very essence of your words is truth;
All your regulations will stand forever.
God’s word, as the Psalmist puts here, is mercy and unfailing love. When we read God’s love letter the Bible on a regular basis, we find that mercy and unfailing love become a part of our lives. Mercy is a gift of the spirit and when you have that gift, it can be used to help many people. Mercy is an awesome gift to have and a tough one to have as well. I myself have the gift of mercy, it’s part of my makeup. I’m very thankful for it makes me a very outgoing person. Let’s talk about mercy and how it really is unfailing love.
Mercy first is an act of rescue. When we use mercy as part of our lives, we can rescue people from themselves. Now not everyone has the gift, which makes it easier to love people the way God love us all, but we are to work at it, if we don’t have it as part of our spiritual gifts. After all, we are to be imitators of Christ and if anything, Jesus was very merciful. Rescue can take many different forms, but the one I want to focus on is the rescue of people just with our encouraging life-giving words. You can have the power within you to change the course of someone’s life with powerful words. You can use these words for good or you can use them for evil. Mercy is encouraging and will always seek to find a good thing to say to someone you may not even know. If you want to rock someone’s world just say something positive to someone you don’t know. You never know what someone may be going through.
Mercy revives. When we share life-giving words we not only rescue, but we revive people. Some people may be at the end of their rope and we give them an encouraging word to continue. It’s like giving oxygen to someone who was drowning or food to someone who is starving. Reviving people with our words is an awesome thing to do and a very godly thing to do.
Lastly, the Psalmist talks about the unfailing love of mercy. Mercy in of itself is love in action. It’s so easy to say we love someone, but if our actions and our motives are not in compliance with the love we claim then it’s not love. Unfailing love means you will do anything for people to make sure their wellbeing is at hand. This type of love should not be limited to just our close friends and family, but strangers as well. Jesus always was there for people and continues to be there for people. We in turn need to practice the unfailing love and mercy Jesus did.
Mercy can rescue, revive, and show unfailing love to people. We have the power within ourselves to show awesome mercy because we have the living Christ within our hearts. Mercy is work if you don’t have it as a spiritual gift, but it’s well worth the lives we change for the better when we use it.
© [David Howard], [David's Body Temple], 2011-2015.