November 14, 2010

Sunday Morning Psalm: God is Full of Compassion

But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. Psalm 86:15. 

“But thou, O Lord.” What a contrast! We get away from the hectorings and blusterings of proud but puny men to the glory and goodness of the Lord. We turn from the boisterous foam of chafing waves to the sea of glass mingled with fire, calm and serene. “Art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.” A truly glorious doxology, in which there is not one redundant word. As we have before observed, it is mainly transcribed from Exodus 34:6.

Here is compassion for the weak and sorrowing, grace for the undeserving, longsuffering for the provoking, mercy for the guilty, and truth for the tried. God's love assumes many forms, and is lovely in them all. Into whatsoever state we may be cast, there is a peculiar hue in the light of love which will harmonize with our condition; love is one and yet sevenfold, its white ray contains the chromatic scale. Are we sorrowful? We find the Lord full of compassion. Are we contending with temptation? His grace comes to our aid. Do we err? He is patient with us. Have we sinned? He is plenteous in mercy. Are we resting on his promise? He will fulfil it with abundant truth. 

Charles Spurgeon, The Treasury of David


Meyers, R. (2006). e-Sword. The sword of the Lord with an electronic edge (Verson 7.8) [Computer software]. 


StrongNHim said...

Thank you... I needed this. I am very sorrowful today with worry about my Mom and I have to remember that he is with me always.

Kurt Michaelson said...

Glad it was a blessing to you.

KC said...

Yes - Happy Birthday to all Marines and Semper Fi. Just saw your entry about Nov 10th and it sure did bring back some memories for me. My grandfather, my father and brother served in the Marines. My grandfather served and fought, my father served in Vietnam, my brother served all 4 years with the silent drill team (90-94). Then myself served from 91-95 (Okinawa,Pentagon). Graduated May 17, 1991 2nd Btn, Fox Co. I agree, no one that has been there will ever forget it. I remember a many of days on the parade deck doing drills throughout the day. Who can forget about the sand pit. Anyhow, thank you for your service as a Marine and your service in the Lord's army. May the Lord Bless you and your family.


Kurt Michaelson said...

Yes, it's hard to forget all of those days at MCRD PISC, the pit and those incredibly annoying sand fleas too.

I appreciate your comment and I'm grateful as well, for the opportunity to have served my country and now as a servant of the Lord.

Semper fi in Christ.