“The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.” Psalm 138:8
The operative word in this verse is MERCY. Not just any mercy, but God’s mercy towards those He calls His children. Defined below, mercy can be another word for grace. Grace is divine favor, a reprieve. It’s a second chance given to those who deserve nothing but punishment for their unwillingness to obey God’s decrees up to the point of forgiveness. Mercy is compassion. Mercy is kindness. Mercy is patience. Mercy is forgiveness. “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy.” (Psalm 103:8)
David is crying out to Jehovah to not forsake the works of His hands, which are those that He has created, more specifically in this setting, the children of Israel. Our works are, in most cases, feeble at best. “For whatever good works I may have, they have come from You to me; and so they are more yours than mine. For I hear from the apostle Paul, ‘By grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus’”: Eph 2:8-10. 1 We can do nothing of any lasting value for the kingdom without God’s involvement. The Lord, on the other hand, never leaves anything unfinished. We can be “confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)
We must allow this great work to take place in us, for if we ignore the Holy Spirit’s efforts to perform spiritual surgery on us, we will stagnate like a placid pool of water. We must have living water flowing through our veins. It involves surrendering our will in favor of God’s. He has shown us untold patience and mercy. Let us not waste this wonderful opportunity. Until Christ’s return, walk with the King and be a blessing!
DEFINITION: mer·cy (mûr′sē), noun.
1. Compassionate treatment, especially of those under one's power; clemency.
2. A disposition to be kind and forgiving: a heart full of mercy.
3. Something for which to be thankful; a blessing: It was a mercy that no one was hurt.
4. Alleviation of distress; relief: Taking in the refugees was an act of mercy.
Synonyms’: compassion, charity, pity, forgiveness, quarter, favor, grace, kindness, clemency, leniency, benevolence and forbearance.
1 Augustine of Hippo, aka, Saint Augustine; 354 AD – 430 AD; early Christian theologian & philosopher.