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RACHAM: Tender Mercies – The Wonder of God’s Mercy

My God in his steadfast love will meet me; God will let me look in triumph on my enemies. Psalm 59:10

But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress. O my Strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love. Psalm 59:16-17

Psalm 59 is a powerful Scripture for those experiencing attack from others. In it, David expresses alarm at the relentless attack of his enemies, along with profound faith in the steadfast love of God toward him. This is so instructive for us. We can become overwhelmed with sin and fail to see the God who is ever above it and unstained by it. Can there be anything better than the promise that “God in his steadfast love will meet me”? The heights of heaven touching the depths of earth. What else can we do but praise him!!

Pastor Tim Kerr

 

 

RACHAM: Tender Mercies – The Wonder of God’s Mercy

I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. Psalm 57:2

Here is Divine sovereignty and human responsibility woven together into a package of providential mystery. He who decrees the details of my life, also decrees that prayer be part of the outworking of his plan. But in the end it is HIS purpose not mine that is being unfolded. Here, then, is a call to trust. Trust shown in prayer, and trust shown in surrender, to Him who is the commander and chief of everything. God Most High. There is nothing higher. Is it not amazing to ponder that such a being has plans for us at all?!

Pastor Tim Kerr

 

RACHAM: Tender Mercies – The Wonder of God’s Mercy

You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? Psalm 56:8

I am not a detail person. But I’m married to one. She has seemingly hundreds of small details stored in her mind that she can call up whenever they are needed—whether it be phone numbers, special dates, what she fed people the last time they visited, or if the exchange rate on my expense sheet was accurate to the day, etc. I stand in awe of detail people. But there is one detail person that makes everyone pale in comparison. He knows when we sit and when we rise. He has counted the hairs on our head. And he counts every time I toss and turn on my bed when I am distressed. He counts my tears and saves them so as not to forget the pain they express. He records every thing about every part of my life—not expressed here as a threat of judgement—but as a comfort. God cares about what we care about. That is part of what makes him great! He is so great that he can give attention to the smallest details of our life as an expression of his loving care and mercy.

Pastor Tim Kerr

RACHAM: Tender Mercies – The Wonder of God’s Mercy

He redeems my soul in safety from the battle that I wage, for many are arrayed against me. Psalm 55:18

Here is hope. Battles are dangerous things. People get hurt, especially if the odds are stacked in favour of one side. When “many” are attacking one “soul”, we may be sure the one likely to get hurt is not the many but the one. That is inevitable, unless a champion comes to the rescue and fights for the one in the midst of battle. This verse tells us that this is what God, our champion, does for us. But did you notice the “means” of this deliverance? Deliverance from overwhelming odds is done by “redemption”—“He redeems my soul in safety”. A price is paid. Blood is spilt. The deliverer dies, that the soul under attack may live! What love!!

Pastor Tim Kerr

 

RACHAM: Tender Mercies – The Wonder of God’s Mercy

Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me. Psalm 50:15

See the sequence? Trouble comes our way. We call out to God in prayer for help. God hears our prayers and delivers us. We are overcome with gratitude, and praise God. The Creator is glorified and the creature is delivered. So what is keeping us from prayer? Why do we worry, when we can pray instead? God is so willing to hear us! But are we willing to pray?!

Pastor Tim Kerr