“The LORD is Merciful and Gracious”
“The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.”
The Lord’s tender dealings are here portrayed. It is Scripture’s frequent testimony that He is rich in mercy, and that His mercy endures forever.
Mercy looks upon our misery and flies to give alleviation.
Grace, also, is its close comrade. It compassionates demerits. It brings the robe of Christ’s righteousness to cover our unworthiness.
We are quick to sin. But our God is long-suffering. He pauses and restrains due vengeance. The plenitude of His goodness outweighs the plenitude of our guilt. When He chides it is His strange work. The scourge is soon checked, and smiles of love dispel the frowns of wrath.
Who can regard our mountains of mountains of iniquity, and not confess, We are undone?
If God should dispense strict justice to our sins, we perish. But in Christ Jesus free grace triumphs.
By Henry Law