6 Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses,
For they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions;
According to Your mercy remember me,
For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.
There is a teaching that the God of the Old Testament is angry and judgmental while the God of the New Testament is grace filled and compassionate. Apparently, the Psalmist did not think this. In the middle of the OT just after king Saul had died and hundreds of years before Isaiah, David knew that God had always been filled with lovingkindness and with tender mercies.
Were there times in the OT that God commanded His people to commit genocide on a nation? Were there times when God’s judgment fell on thousands of people at a time? Yes, there were such times. But going back to the Garden, God showed lovingkindness and tender mercy to Adam and to Eve. He counseled Cain to do what was right. He found grace in Noah and saved him and his family when the rest of the world rejected God’s grace. He saved all of the Egyptians who put the blood over their doorposts. He saved Rahab the harlot from Jericho’s destruction and placed her in the line of the Messiah. He even gave pagan nations the opportunity to repent and turn from their wickedness as when He sent Jonah to Nineveh.
David was right. God’s tender mercies and lovingkindness is from old. David then called upon that mercy to remember him for the sake of God’s goodness. When we call upon God, we are calling upon Him in His mercy. We should never ask for judgment for others nor for ourselves. If God delights in showing mercy let us ever pray for Him to show His mercy to the lost of this world so that they can turn to Him and be saved.
I rejoice in God’s leading of our church at this time. As we have come through the book of Isaiah we are seeing that God is both able and desirous to show His supernatural power to those who seek Him to do so. We are asking God to show us His power in our church. We are desirous of God’s power to save the lost around us, to meet our needs, to enable us to fulfill His great commission. Pray daily with us that God will shape our church the way He wants it to be shaped so that He can use it accomplish His purposes now.
I was out camping last week with some boys from the church. We joined a church in Sandwich and went to the Peninsula State Park in Door County. It was a beautiful park and we had a great time.
Be in prayer for Nancy Hall. She was in church yesterday morning and played the piano for us. Sometime in the afternoon she had a stroke. She was with her sons and they have requested that she not be visited at this time. We are not yet aware of the severity of the stroke. Pray with us for God to raise up our dearly loved sister.
Have great day in the Lord,