Tender mercy of our God

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The Verse of the Day for December 19, 2016 comes from Luke 1:76-78 (NASB):

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

The entire passage known as Zechariah’s Song or the Benedictus is found in Luke 1:67-79. In it Zachariah offers a prophetic word that praises his son, John, who is preparing the way for the Messiah, the expression of “the tender mercy of our God.”

One of the awesome attributes of God is that He is a God of mercy, as Psalm 103:17-18 reveal:

17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;
18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

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 Lamentations 3:22-23 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.

Verse 32 reiterates the Lord “will have compassion according to His abundant lovingkindness and tender mercy.”

The Psalmist also reveals this glorious attribute of God: His tender mercy

Psalm 5:7 (AMP),

But as for me, I will enter Your house through the abundance of Your steadfast love and tender mercy; At Your holy temple I will bow [obediently] in reverence for You.

Psalm 40:11 (AMP)

Do not withhold Your compassion and tender mercy from me, O Lord; Your lovingkindness and Your truth will continually preserve me.

Psalm 103:4 (AMP)

Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you [lavishly] with lovingkindness and tender mercy;

Finally, we find a brilliant display of God’s tender mercy in James 5:11 in the Classic Amplified Version:

You know how we call those blessed (happy) who were steadfast [who endured]. You have heard of the endurance of Job, and you have seen the Lord’s [purpose and how He richly blessed him in the] end, inasmuch as the Lord is full of pity and compassion and tenderness and mercy.

We conclude with “Because of your tender mercy,” inspired by Verse of the Day.

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