(Meditating on Psalm 72)
For He will deliver the needy when he cries,
The poor also, and him who has no helper.
13 He will spare the poor and needy,
And will save the souls of the needy. (Psalm 72:12-13)
There have been many challenges in our household lately, the kind which may drive one to provocation and anger, or worse, complaints that dishonor God. I may believe that my strong reactions are justified, but the Holy Spirit is faithful to remind me of God’s past mercies, huge ones that when I remember each one of them, I’m humbled, and the only position of my head is bowed down low, my heart is earnestly contrite, and the words from my soul are silent thanksgiving lifted up towards heaven.
That’s what the enduring mercies of God can do. Instead of striving and contending, one keeps silent and gives thanks to God. Instead of remembering someone’s faults that could kindle ire, one gladly forgets them for the mercies of God are more abundant.
How can a heart that has repeatedly received God’s mercies carry resentments or unforgiveness? It cannot. From it, only gratitude runs deep and flows constantly.
I remember how the Lord has raised me up from my sickbed and has given me the gift of a new and grace-filled life. He shows His mercy in each morning He ushers in that I’m alive! I remember and the challenges, difficulties, and trials fade in the background.
Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel,
Who only does wondrous things! (Psalm 72:18)
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