Mercy

Come, you who are blessed by my Father

 “The LORD is high above all nations,
        and his glory above the heavens!
    Who is like the LORD our God,
        who is seated on high,
    who looks far down
        on the heavens and the earth?
    He raises the poor from the dust
        and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
    to make them sit with princes,
        with the princes of his people.
Psalm 113:4-8 ESV

This Psalm asks the question in verse 5, “Who is like the Lord our God?” The Psalm goes on to tell us that this God, is great, is majestic, and is reigning over all of creation, over both the heavens and the earth…it then tells us that this God, “looks FAR down on the heavens and the earth”. This God raises up the poor, lifts up the needy, and causes them to sit with princes…

Psalm 113 which begins and ends by telling us to, “Praise the Lord” tells us that this God who is so high above the nations, reigning from heaven, still looks down upon the earth to the poorest of the poor, the lowliest of the low…God cares for these folks that are often overlooked. When the Psalmist asks us, “Who is like the Lord our God?…” Shouldn’t we be able to say that we are? Aren’t we to reflect the image of God…Doesn’t Jesus exhort us to care for the ‘least of these’? Isn’t that the hallmark of Jesus’ ministry? Have we forgotten that we too were in fact the lowest of the low…yet God in his infinite mercy has looked down on us, showered us with grace, and has now in fact seated us with princes…the greatest of which is THE PRINCE, Jesus Christ.

When the Psalmist asks us, “Who is like the Lord our God…?” We understand that we are not God, but we also must understand that through the miracle of regeneration, we are being made into the image of Christ…we are to reflect Him. We too must care for the lowest of the low…we must love those whom society has forgotten, or even worse chooses to keep down and oppress. That is our calling as Children of God. We were the lowest of the low…we were in the ash heap…but this God infinite in steadfast love and mercy has raised us up and seated us with His Prince. Meditate on that often and let it color how you look at others…as a child of God, you cannot not be changed by that wondrous thought.

‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
Matthew 25:34-40 ESV

Gospel Living

Gospel Living…

“…to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.”
(Titus 3:1-2 ESV)

Why?

For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. ”
(Titus 3:3-7 ESV)

And furthermore…

“The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.”
(Titus 3:8 ESV)

Choose

Not sure if this is a poem, or what it is. I just sat down and wanted to write something, this is what happened.

Hello my friend, how has life been?
Yes I know life has been hard for me too.
Won’t you sit down, and stay for a while…
Let me tell you about my God, my Savior, my friend, how He saved me and what He can do for you.
He created the heavens, the earth, and all you see.
Yet He found it in His heart to save a sinner like me.
He said..
”Look in your heart, can’t you see your great sin. You’ve been lost since your life began. You can’t save yourself only my grace can, fall on your knees and cry out to me. Only then my child, can I bring you closer to me.”
Now I believe, God is calling for you.
Look in your heart can you see your great sin? How you can never stand in the presence of a Holy God?
Our sins have stained us, but the blood of Jesus can make us clean. It’s our only hope, the only way to our maker, the only way He can call us His own.
Rest assured we all will stand before Him, but will He be your loving father, or will He be your judge? There are only two choices but they’ve both been given in love.
I pray to God, to show you His mercy. Won’t you look to the heavens, think of all He has done? Won’t you fall on your knees and cry out for the salvation that only comes through the Son?
Experience that peace, oh I beg you please! Take that weight from your shoulders, set your heart free.
You will find with God, there are two promises that are true. Mercy and wrath, which do you choose?