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Friday, July 10, 2009

Sure Mercies

Acts 13:32 speaks of God giving the sure mercies of David. Often times, English words give a vague interpretation of the original meaning. The mercies of David spoken here represent a trustworthiness and the fulfilment of promises of these mercies, given from the heart of God.

A beautiful verse, as only Isaiah could pen, is given in Chapter 5:3~
" Incline your ear, and come unto Me:
hear, and your soul shall live;
and I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
even the sure mercies of David."

David, the man who like all of us, had his weaknesses and failures. What distinguished him, and should also be our hallmark, is to possess a true heart for God. As we incline our ears, tune out the noise of the world and set our mind on Him and come to Him and hear, our soul also shall live. God is no respecter of persons, true, but their is a price to pay; that price is quality time, a fine ear to hear what the Spirit is saying. This assures the everlasting covenant of mercy, as it did for David.

The sure mercies of David in Isaiah is interpreted as such:

* God promises to build up and support us ( if we were not broken, there would be no need to be built up at times, so take heart!)

* The mercies spoken of here are as a parent or nurse gives to a patient or child

* To render firm and faithful and trust and believe

* To be permanent and quiet!

* A mercy of long continuance, steadfast and sure; to nurse and fill with trust.

These promises are given to His children from His heart. If one of these promises fail or falter, the universe would spin into non-existence and all would cease to be. He is faithful and true. The admonishment from Him is to incline our ear and hear.

He would not offer these things to David, or to us, if we were not in great need. Why would He promise to uphold something that had not fallen? Why promise to raise up those that are, at times, bowed down with the weight of the world, worries and trials?

Psalm 145:14-20 offers some of the greatest promises of God to His children. As we travel through this life and planet full of rebellion, sin, and despair, we must hold these dear:

" The LORD upholdeth all that fall,
and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.
The eyes of all wait upon Thee:
and Thou givest them their meat in due season."

" Thou openest Thine hand,
and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
The LORD is Righteous in all His ways,
and Holy in all His works."

" The LORD is near unto all them that call upon Him,
to all that call upon Him in truth.
He will fulfil the desire of them that fear Him:
He also will hear their cry,
and will save them."

" The LORD preserveth all them that love Him:
but all the wicked will He destroy."

Our daily mission is to incline our ear to hear Him, cry out to Him with both thanksgiving, praise and requests; then to have patience to await the season's when He opens His hands toward us in answer to our requests. Don't get discouraged if the season is a ways off; it will surely come; just as the sun rises and sets. He will fulfil the desire of our heart; the closer I grow to Him in intimacy, I am amazed at how my former requests and desires have changed to be more of a reflection of Him. I believe this is the reason some of my requests are not answered speedily; I need to change before the answer comes.

Oh the mercies, love and patience of our Father in Heaven! One day soon the entire earth will praise His Holy Name!

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