i will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will i make known thy faithfulness to all generations. [psalm 89:1 kjv]
God often dispenses mercy in the form of correction, leading us back to himself, and we must speak of such mercy to others. some of the most difficult times in my life have been times of discipline, but had i not experienced the hand of the Lord, convicting, prodding, and leading me to confession and repentance for my sin, i would have been lost in it, it would have lead to deeper sin, and eventually to death:
but each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. [james 1:14-15]
but God calls us to himself and gives us new life by reconciling us to himself by the blood of his Son, Christ Jesus this is the good news of the gospel–and when we have new life, we get to boast in our own weaknesses and share the truth of his mercies with others–we overflow in singing the truth!
how then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? and how are they to hear without someone preaching? and how are they to preach unless they are sent? as it is written, “how beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” [romans 10:14-15]
but you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. [i peter 2:9]
I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever;
with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations. [psalm 89:1 esv]
God is merciful. God is abounding in steadfast love. God is faithful.
as you spend time in the presence of God today, write down how God has shown his mercy and faithfulness to you, and in his justice and mercy, called you to rest in his atoning sacrifice. boast in your weakness and sing of his great love. today, tell someone else the good news–a neighbor, a friend, a son or daughter, a parent, a co-worker, someone at the grocery store–anyone! everyone!
go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that i have commanded you. and behold, i am with you always, to the end of the age.” [matthew 28:19-20]