Mercies for Troubles and Everything Else

Great is Thy FaithfulnessThis is marvelous and just like our God.

Yesterday, I woke up with this thought, “your mercies are new every morning.” That led me to the hymn, Great is Thy Faithfulness, which I started to sing in the shower and meditate on as I shaved. On the drive to the office I continued to think about the greatness of God’s mercy.

I’m still a sinner.  Christ loves me.
I’m hopelessly disorganized.  Christ redeemed me.
I’m not half the man people think I am.  Christ calls me friend.
I’m not the man I want to be. Christ has made me his ambassador.
I’m unworthy to tie my Lord’s sandal.  Christ has forgiven all my sin.
I’m not making progress in holiness, kindness, graciousness and a whole host of virtues as fast as I ought to. Christ is even now preparing a place for me in heaven.

How awesome is our God!

“Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be. 

“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!“
  Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
    “Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!


Things to Never Forget
Things to Never Forget

A busy day of appointments, counseling and study followed. There was one brief break to wander into the sanctuary and talk to Mike, our worship pastor. Sitting at the baby-grand donated to the church and working through the worship plan for Sunday and the saints of God. Mike and I converse and he tells me that he has selected Great is Thy Faithfulness for this Sunday’s worship! God moving two pastor’s hearts to the same rhythm.

Tonight I return from a unified but exhausting Elder’s meeting. All of us seeking to care well for the flock entrusted to us. 

The night time ritual starts. Tell my wife I love her. Brush my teeth. Take out my contacts. Gather some reading material. Check the Phillies score (they lost). Jump over to the BLOG to see if I need to respond to any comments. Close computer. Open up a book. Tonight, its continuing to re-read, A GODWARD LIFE: BOOK 1, by John Piper. Chapter 3.

“God’s mercies are new every morning because each day has enough mercy in it only for that day. This is why we tend to despair when we think that we may have to bear tomorrow’s load on today’s resources. God wants us to know that we won’t. Today’s mercies are for today’s troubles. Tomorrow’s mercies are for tomorrow’s troubles.”

Remind your soul to never forget the faithfulness and mercies of God.  Do it every day.

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