• William T. Howe Ph.D.

June 27, 2021

Daily Reading: Psalm 74-77

Psalm 77:9

Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.

No, a thousand times no! A million times no! A trillion times no! God has not forgotten to be gracious; He has not shut up His tender mercies. For the Lord’s mercy and grace is eternal. He is rich in these two divine attributes. Ephesians 2:4 states: But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us. In the same book, chapter 1 verse 7 it is recorded: In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; He is rich in grace, He is rich in mercy, and He gives us these as gifts through faith.

Every mortal has an end of their mercy and grace, that is the finite nature we possess, meaning our grace and mercy has an end. The problem is for those who purely live by sight, they cannot conceive of limitless mercy and grace. Thereby our attributes of limited mercy and grace are transferred to God. That is all we can naturally understand. But God is not natural, He is supernatural, He is spiritual. He alone is limitless in all. Meaning His grace and mercy have no end.

In a famous Bible story, Peter asked the Lord how many times he should forgive someone who wronged him. “Until seven times?” he asked. To which Jesus said: I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven (Matthew 18:22). Peter’s limit on forgiveness, by the way which includes both mercy and grace, was seven. The Lord’s was 490. The Lord throws out a number so large as to indicate the act of ongoing forgiveness no matter how many times the transgression takes place.

The only way that a Holy God could forgive ongoing habitual sin of His children, like not loving Him with all their heart, mind and strength as we are commanded to do, is to have an endless supply of grace and mercy. Proof? Psalm 45:2 Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever. God has the capacity to pour out His grace forever. Concerning mercy; in Psalm 136 each of the 26 verses end with…For his mercy endureth for ever.

No, God does not forget to be gracious, neither in anger does He shut up His mercies. For these are eternal to those to whom that are given. They are given to those who ask for them through faith based on Jesus Christ and His gospel.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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