To many people, the Old Testament seems to describe a different God than the One of the New Testament. It is easy to see the Old Testament as primarily a story about God’s wrath and judgment, resulting in death and destruction. Whereas, in the New Testament it’s easier to spot His grace and mercy.
However, as I was recently reminded, God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8); therefore, God’s grace and mercy must have been present from the dawn of history. (Likewise, His justice continues today as well). The Psalms are full of descriptions regarding the mercy of God, and many of the prophets saw it as well. For example, listen to how Micah describes God:
“Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of His inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.” (Micah 7:18)
Friends, hundreds of years before Christ, Micah wrote about our God who not only pardoned and forgave sins, but actually DELIGHTED in doing so. The original language makes it clear that God desires and takes pleasure in extending mercy to us. So much so that He was willing to send Christ to become the perfect sacrificial lamb for our sins. Amazing, delighting grace…
Worship leader, Travis Cottrell, captured the essence of this truth in these lyrics:
This is our God, loving and reaching,
Scandalous mercy and mighty to save.
Hallelujah! This is our God!
This Christmas season, thank God that He delights in extending His mercy through Christ. Then follow His lead and extend that mercy to others. –Dave
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