DIVINE MERCY: PS. 145:8
great psalmist mentions some of God’s many attributes in Psalm 145 and these
include grace, compassion, perseverance and great mercy. In verse 9 of the
Psalm he testifies:
The Lord is good to all and
his tender mercies are over all
Apostle also affirms that God is rich in mercy, Eph. 2:4. And for good reason.
Were God to be a human judge He would have sentenced Paul to a miserable prison
term, and spiritual death, on account of his destructive opposition to Jesus
and His ministry but he received mercy, 1 Tim. 1:12 & 13.
mercy to Paul because his sinful opposition to the gospel was done in
ignorance. He thought he was defending the Jewish religion against Jesus and
his “co-rebels,” But He got it all wrong and he later regretted his actions. Act.
not every sinner receives pardon. God’s amazing goodwill and honour to Eli,
making him to serve as priest 1 Sam. 2:27-28, but he stupidly allowed his sons
to dececrate the alter, 1 Sam. 2:12-17; 22-25.
matters worse when God confided His decision to punish Eli he did not ask for
mercy, 1 Sam. 3:11-14. When the punishment came it was severe, Eli and his sons
perished 1 Sam. 4:12-18.
The case of
king Saul was a particularly bad one. When the children of Israel insisted on
having a king to rule over them, given their unhappy experience with their
judges, Samuel’s sons God reluctantly agreed to give them one, 1 Sam. 8:1-7.
appointee was Saul, 1 Sam. 9:15 & 16. By his own admission Saul really did
not qualify to be elected king since he came from the smallest tribe in Israel
and the least of all the families in that tribe, verse 21. Yet God honoured
him, 1 Sam. 10:1.
But in the
course of his reign he did not consistently obey God, a situation which was to
Him, offensive and intolerable. God deprived Saul of His spirit, his presence
and eventually his throne and life. He did not show mercy,
sinner expect mercy?
the youth who, without military experience, confronted and defeated Israel’s
formost enemy Goliath of Gath, for daring to challenge the armies of the living
God, 1 Sam. 17:36. Yet as king he broke the Law, Ex. 20:13&14 and God
cursed him such that he spent the rest of his days mostly in adversity. Even
then he ultimately received mercy. Why? God probably remembered his faithful
service to Him, his refusal to take revenge on his relentless adversary king
Saul twice, on the grounds that he was the anointed of God. The honour was to
God and not to Saul 1 Sam. 24:3-6, 1 Sam. 26:7-9. Moreover, he repented
genuinely to the extent that the heart of God must have been touched, Ps. 22
& Ps. 51.
severely punished but God saved his soul, Rev. 22:16.
It is not
just individuals who benefits from God’s tender mercy but nations and, indeed,
the entire human race. God’s message to the people Nineveh portend one thing –
total destruction for their sin. And Jonah the Prophet expected nothing else
but the people, king and all, repented and, to the disappointment of Jonah
God, the merciful, granted them reprieve, Jonah 3:4-10, Jonah 4:1-3.
As for the
human race, the work of God’s hand, He cursed Adam and Eve when they allowed
satan to deceive them and He drove them out of the Garden of Eden, Gen.
3:23&24. But then he did not totally abandon them and their seed. He sent
his begotten son, Jesus Christ to redeem them. He had the option to amply
destroy but He never took that option, John 3:16&17. Rather He allowed
representatives of sinful humanity to shed the blood of His son so that they
would have a chance of returning to the heavenly Eden if they believe in Him, Rom.