Psa. 118:1 ¶ Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
Our life starts at mercy. Before mercy came we were exposed and helpless before the Lord. The problem was this, we were unaware of our great need. Many of us had listened so long to the wisdom of man, touting its own independence and self worth, that we were blind to our great need. We were drowning in our own sea of sins, thinking that all we needed was self esteem. What changed all of that? Jesus Christ. In His presence several things happen. First, we see what righteousness looks like in His life. It is breathtaking. He is the only righteous man that has ever lived. Secondly, we see how far short of the mark we fall. We are sinners in need of a Savior. Finally, we are met with a shocking kiss, the kiss of mercy. We are accepted and loved because of His great love for us. Goodness and mercy meet in Christ, here is how Spurgeon describes it.
“Mercy is a great part of his goodness, and one which more concerns us than any other, for we are sinners and have need of his mercy. Angels may say that he is good, but they need not his mercy and cannot therefore take an equal delight in it; inanimate creation declares that he is good, but it cannot feel his mercy, for it has never transgressed; but man, deeply guilty and graciously forgiven, beholds mercy as the very focus and centre of the goodness of the Lord. The endurance of the divine mercy is a special subject for song: notwithstanding our sins, our trials, our fears, his mercy endures for ever. The best of earthly joys pass away, and even the world itself grows old and hastens to decay, but there is no change in the mercy of God; he was faithful to our forefathers, he is merciful to us, and will be gracious to our children and our children’s children. The Lord Jesus Christ, who is the grand incarnation of the mercy of God, calls upon us at every remembrance of him to give thanks unto the Lord, for “he is good.”
What else can we do, we have to join in with David and all the rest of those who have tasted His mercy and sing the song of the ages,
‘Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.’