Your Mercy Gives Us Liberty
41 Let Your mercies come also to me, O LORD Your Salvation according to Your word.
42 So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me, For I trust in Your word.
43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, For I have hoped in Your ordinances.
44 So shall I keep Your law continually, Forever and ever.
45 And I will walk at Liberty, For I seek Your precepts.
46 I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings, and I will not be ashamed.
47 And I will delight myself in Your commandments, Which I love.
48 My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments, Which I love, and I will meditate on Your statues.
Mercy, a concept that all heaven was surprised to understand was an attribute of God. Why where they surprised? Because before the fall of Satan and Adam Mercy was an attribute that had never been used. It was there, it was part of God’s character, but in a society that is perfect, there was no need for mercy for mercy only came out upon the fall of Adam. What is mercy, it is Divine love, the supreme evidence of the love that God had for us is in the gift of His Son for the salvation of the human race (I John 4:9, 10). Were it not for God’s merciful love, no man could be saved.
Therefore the Word of God the way of salvation is made so clear that none need miss it. “God has spoken in the plainest language upon every subject that affects the salvation of the soul for the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation are a commentary on God’s love and mercy. These are the attributes operate, they bring salvation to sinners.
What is the greatest argument in favor of God’s mercy? Why of course the victorious life of the Christian who has surrendered His will to the will of God. A true Christian is the greatest argument in favor of true godliness.
The Psalmist prays that the word will not be taken from him and is a continuation of verse 42. “So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me, For I trust in Your word. And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for I have hoped in Your ordinances.” When we speak in defense of our faith, that God will not take words from us, but will instead grant us with love and mercy to give a defense of the hope that is within us (I Peter 3:15).
There is nothing restricting or narrow about obeying the law of God. It does not take away our freedom, instead it gives us freedom. There is no bondage in true holiness (Proverbs 3:10). But to the unconverted man, God’s presence appears as a constant restraint, and God’s character an expression of “Thou Shalt Not.” But to a true Christian, these principles and commands are honored and done, not because we have to, but because we love God and chose to honor Him by obeying them.
For the person that lives in the company of the King of kings need to fear the presence of an earthly ruler. His life is committed to a High King who we seek to glorify by honoring Him with our devoted service and the testimony of our lives. Therefore, I will lift my hands up in prayer offering thanksgiving and praise for Your mercy, for Your love, Your commandments and precepts that I desire to keep, for how can I not love you for the mercy and love you have shown toward me, a fallen sinner.
Therefore, may my life be a true reflection of Your love and mercy. May You put your words in my mouth and write your law upon my heart. Your law, which is the essence of your character of which not one jot or one tittle cannot be changed because you oh God are unchangeable.