Great are Your tender mercies, O Lord; Revive me according to Your judgments. Psalm 119:156.
The Psalmist appeals to God’s abundant, plenteous mercy and asks the Lord to give him life according to His rules. Here we find someone who is totally surrendered to God and looks for deliverance so that he might have life since he has trusted on the Giver of life. Let us examine God’s tender mercies.
It was in tenderness that He sought us when He came visiting humanity as Jesus Christ. Jesus was the Son representing the Father. Being the Son, He possessed His Father’s heart. So, God’s tender mercy was inherent in the Son. He came looking for us so that we could be brought back into His fold once again. Each individual returning to the fold was welcomed by the Father while the angels sang in His presence and the courts of heaven rang!
He washed our bleeding sin wounds with His own blood. He whispered to us, individually: “I’ve found you, I have redeemed you, you are Mine” [see Isaiah 43:1; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20; 2 Corinthians 5:15]. His voice was sweeter than anything we had ever heard. The sense of belonging to Someone! Knowing that we are not alone.
We saw the nail prints in His hands and feet. We saw the blood that was shed. We sensed the agony he suffered on the cross while life ebbed away from His body and He gasped for breath. We wondered what He saw in us to suffer such deep agony. “Why Lord?” we asked. Then we realized His tender mercies and His everlasting love for us.
So, now that we are His and abide in His presence, we behold the sunshine of His face [see 2 Corinthians 3:18] and count the blessings He continually bestows and it seems as if life is too short to sound His praise! While the hours are passing, we are at rest yet impatient for His coming! We wait upon the Lord and continually depend on His tender mercies. We look forward to that bright morning, which will be the brightest and best of all, when He will call us to His side, to be with Him, His spotless bride.
“And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.’” [Revelation 21:3].