Growing Mercy

The Psalmist declares that God’s unfailing, faithful love will last forever. The Passion Translation says it this way: “Here’s my chorus: “Your mercy grows through the ages. Your faithfulness is firm, rising up to the skies” (Psalm 89:2). The word here translates as “checed” which means goodness or merciful kindness. The Psalmist says that this mercy grows. Growing mercy.

Now when we hear that mercy grows, we must remember that this doesn’t mean there is a lack of mercy. There is no shortage of mercy. There is no shortage of goodness. There is no shortage of kindness. The growing does not point to a lack that increases. Rather, this growing means that God’s mercy is established. It’s built up. 

What does this mean? This means that God pours out His mercy. Remember, mercy means not receiving the punishment we deserve. We know that we are all sinners (Romans 3:23). We know that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Mercy means that we do not receive the punishment we rightly deserve. This means we sin so we deserve death; however, Jesus filled in the gap, He paid the penalty, so we receive mercy — we do not receive what we deserve. How does this grow mercy? What this means is that God continues to show mercy. Again and again we sin. Again and again He pours out His faithful love. We see His unfailing love established. We see His mercy growing through the ages. What an amazing establishment of His mercy through the ages. He is so so good.

Today, take some time to look at the foundation of mercy that God has constructed in your life. Thank Him for His love and encouragement. Be specific in sharing the gratitude you have from His mercy on display in your life.

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