Re: Verse reading–Psalm 51; 1 John 1:9 (Day Five)  When pondering the nature and character of God we take note of His Majesty, Wisdom, and Justice.  In Psalm 51, David teaches us the sole basis of any approach to God by sinners is His Mercy.  vs 1- “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions..”

Where does our understanding of God’s merciful nature come from?  It comes from God Himself.  Exodus 33:19 “I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.”  Hebrews 4:16- “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

So maybe this week, as we read this passage, we can be reminded that what we need to know about God, is that He is merciful.

God’s mercy is also depicted as Unfailing Love and Great Compassion.

One further thought and reminder (thanks to James Boice), Unfailing Love points to the continuing operation of God’s Mercy, and Compassion teaches He does feel our infirmities.

Author: Scott Lane

Scott Lane is the Executive Pastor of Ministry at FBCSA.

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