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Because of the tender mercy of our God

December 19, 2017

Luke 1--76-79

When the Angel of the Lord announces to Zechariah, the elderly priest, that his wife, Elisabeth, who was beyond the age of childbearing, would bear him a son, he questions what the Angel speaks. Because of Zechariah’s unbelief, the messenger informs him that he will be unable to speak until the child is born. The Verse of the Day for December 19, 2017 is taken from the closing lines of the prophetic utterances offered by Zechariah after his son, John the Baptist, is born. The entire passage, Luke 1:67-79, is known as “Zechariah’s Song,” from which this excerpt is taken:

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,

The birth of the Messiah and all the related events offer a magnificent display of the mercy of God. Indeed, 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 Lamentations 3:22-23 reminds 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.

Throughout the Psalms, we find references to “the tender mercies of God” where the Psalmist notes:

The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works [the entirety of things created]. (Psalm 145:9)

David goes on to speak of the Lord as one “Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,” (Psalm 103:4)

The expression is used in Psalm 51:1 written with this prelude to set the context for David’s prayer of repentance:

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions.

We also find this prayer request:

Psalm 40:11

Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord; Let Your lovingkindness and Your truth continually preserve me.

The reference to God’s tender mercy is a memorable phrase from Zechariah’s Song, which has been set to music by a number of artists. We close with a selection “Because of your tender mercy” written by David Moffitt and Sue C. Smith from the Brentwood-Benson musical “All Bow Down.”

Tender mercy of our God

December 20, 2016

luke-1-76-79

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.