November 3, 2010
Today I am Thankful…
…for God's mercy.
Psalm 52:8b-9 – "…I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever."
1828 Definition: MER'CY, n. [L. misericordia.]
- That benevolence, mildness or tenderness of heart which disposes a person to overlook injuries, or to treat an offender better than he deserves;
- the disposition that tempers justice, and induces an injured person to forgive trespasses and injuries, and to forbear punishment, or inflict less than law or justice will warrant.
- In this sense, there is perhaps no word in our language precisely synonymous with mercy. That which comes nearest to it is grace.
- It implies benevolence, tenderness, mildness, pity or compassion, and clemency, but exercised only towards offenders.
- Mercy is a distinguishing attribute of the Supreme Being.
 Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.
 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.
 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
 It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
Romans 15:9-11 – "And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.
And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people.
And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people."
"Mercy. Mercy. God's love and mercy –
That saved both you, you and me…
Oh, if we had gotten justice, we would surely be lost;
But we found mercy when we knelt at the cross."