Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Psalm 116:1-9 A Gracious, Righteous and Merciful God

KEY TEXT: Ps 116:5-6 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.

KEY THOT: The psalmist describes God as gracious (Heb: chanan, “undeserved favour”), righteous (Heb: tsadaq, “to be right, justified and just”) and merciful (Heb: racham, “to have compassion, merciful and pity”). God’s chanan is his attitude of showing unmerited favour towards sinners who call upon him to save them. God’s tsadaq is his attitude of justice towards those who have been wrongfully treated in this world, for he will make right every wrong. God’s racham is his attitude of pity and compassion towards the weak and helpless. So because God is gracious, righteous and merciful, the psalmist declares that he will rescue and restore the simple who call upon him. When such are brought low in their life, God will save them out of their troubles.

We can come before God daily when we feel “down and out” (which, for many in the stressful workplaces, can be a daily experience). But if we lift our heart to God when we are feeling low, He will rescue us out our emotional depression and physical exhaustion and restore our spirits. We have to focus  on God and recall his attitudes towards us, rather than becoming depressed about our failure to meet others' expectations or even of our own expectations. 

Sometime, we can be too harsh on ourselves, berating ourselves for not living up to expectations. But when we look up to our heavenly Father who shows us undeserved favour and pity, and eager to draw near to comfort us, then we can declare like the psalmist: “He has saved me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. And so I walk in the Lord's presence as I live here on earth!” (v.8-9, NLT).

Whenever we face challenges in this life and fail to live up to others or our own expectation, we should not focus on our failures, but on the God who is gracious towards us, who judges us justly on the basis of Christ’s death at the Cross, and who is compassionate towards us. As Paul declares in Rom 8:31-35

  • "If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised— who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?"
So, when we are overwhelmed, we mustn’t look down or look in. Instead,we must look up to see our God who is gracious, righteous and compassionate. That truth will set us free.

Father, what amazing grace and compassion You show towards us who deserve nothing but death and hell. Thank You for demonstrating this grace and pity towards us at the Cross. We need no further proof. Amen.

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