The tender mercy of our God

The passage from Luke 1:67-79 known as the Benedictus or Zechariah’s song is inscribed in Hebrew on these tiles on display at the church of St. John in the Mountains, said to be the birthplace of St. John.

The passage from Luke 1:67-79 known as the Benedictus or Zechariah’s song is inscribed in Hebrew on these tiles on display at the church of St. John in the Mountains, said to be the birthplace of St. John.

The Verse of the Day for December 19, 2015 is taken from Luke 1:76-78 (AMP):

“And you, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; For you will go on before the Lord (the Messiah) to prepare His ways; To give His people the knowledge of salvation By the forgiveness of their sins, Because of the tender mercy of our God, With which the Sunrise (the Messiah) from on high will dawn and visit us,

Known as “Zechariah’s Song,” the entire passage is based on Luke 1:67-79 where Zechariah, the priest, filled with the Holy Spirit, prophesies concerning of his own son, John, the Baptist, and the Jesus Christ, the Messiah. This prophetic declaration is also referred to as “Benedictus,” the first word in the Latin version of the passage. Here Zechariah speaks of “the tender mercy of God.”

Without question, one of the awesome attributes of God is that He is a God of mercy. In a real sense, He is a God of justice, who tempers justice with grace and mercy. Justice has been defined as “getting exactly what one deserves.” Whereas grace is said to be unmerited favor or getting something that one does not deserve, and mercy is defined as “withholding merited judgment” or “not getting what one deserves. God ever displays His mercy toward His children, as expressed so passionately throughout the Psalms which make known the extent of God’s mercy:

Psalm 119:64:

The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.

Psalm 57:10:

For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.

Psalm 69:13:

But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O Lord, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.

Psalm 103:17:

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;

I recall that the favorite verse of my late father-in-law and one of my favorite verses is repeated throughout the Book of Psalms:

Psalm 100:5 (KJV):

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Lamentations 3:22-23 also remind us:

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

“Great is Thy Faithfulness,” one of the most popular hymns of all times, is inspired by this passage and mentions “new mercies” in its chorus:

Throughout the writings of Paul in the New Testament we find references to grace and mercy which are often found the salutations of that open these letters. In Titus, 1 and 2 Timothy, and 2 John “grace and mercy” are linked with “peace.” The blending of these three qualities became the inspiration for this poem:

Grace, Mercy, and Peace: A Three-fold Cord

Blest be the tie that binds

Our hearts in Christian love;

The fellowship of kindred minds

Is like to that above.

Dr. John Fawcett

To Timothy, my dearly beloved son:

Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father

and Christ Jesus our Lord

2 Timothy 1:2

Grace, mercy, and peace bind our hearts as a three-fold cord.
These three traits never diminish but only increase.
Our lives are enriched as we learn to walk with the Lord.

Grace: a priceless gift that no one on earth can afford.
God’s great grace abounds toward us and shall never decrease.
Grace, mercy, and peace bind our hearts as three-fold cord.

That God is truly merciful cannot be ignored.
Streams of the sure mercies of the Lord shall never cease.
Our lives are enriched as we learn to walk with the Lord.

Peace cancels all strife, but we must live in one accord.
All those who are bound the Word of the Lord will release.
Grace, mercy, and peace bind our hearts as a three-fold cord.

All who seemed forsaken, God, our Father, has restored.
As we seek God, we find that in His will is our peace.
Our lives are enriched as we learn to walk with the Lord.

Boundless love and favor are waiting to be explored,
For we are so designed to shine as God’s masterpiece.
Grace, mercy, and peace bind our hearts as a three-fold cord.
Our lives are enriched as we learn to walk with the Lord.

We close our discussion of God’s mercy with two moving musical selections:

“Because of your tender mercy” which is based on Zechariah’s Song:

Don Moen—reminds us the wide expanse of God’s mercy: “Great is your mercy”:

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