The Mercy of The Lord is Everlasting

Robert Robinson had been saved out of a life of sin through George Whitfield’s ministry in England. Shortly after that, at the age of twenty-three, Robinson wrote the hymn “Come, Thou Fount of every blessing, Streams of mercy, never ceasing.” Sadly, Robinson wandered fa … More

Mercy

At the end of Psalm 103 the psalmist contrasts the fleeting character of man’s life with the everlasting character of God’s mercy. God does not change; His mercy is without beginning and it is without end. David tries to show that even though man’s life is transitory, he is established by the Lord’s covenant (v. 18). The eternality of the Lord should be a great comfort to frail human beings. Man’s hope is not in other fragile creatures, but in the eternal God.

God’s mercy cannot be claimed until it is claimed by His grace. We do not know God’s mercy until we know it in His son, Jesus Christ. When God examines our lives, He remembers our human condition. Our weakness should never be used as a justification for sin. David declared that the Lord’s dominion is over all the earth. Everything, everywhere is to praise Him. Therefore all angels, God’s heavenly hosts, who are His servants, and all of his creation (His works) everywhere should praise Him. Praising God means remembering Him in all He has done for us (v. 2), fearing Him and obeying His commands (vv. l7, l8), and doing His will (v. 2l). David closes his psalm in the way he began by exhorting himself to praise the Lord.

Application

In my Christian life I need to be praising the Lord by remembering all He has done for me, fearing (reverencing) Him, obeying His commands and doing His will.

Psalms 103:15-22 (English Standard Version)

As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! Bless the LORD, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will! Bless the LORD, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!

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