When we praise the Lord for HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER, something very special happens. It resonates closely to the heart of our eternal God – for He is MERCIFUL! He is our source of MERCY!
Psalm 118:1-2,4,29 – Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let Israel now say, “His mercy endures forever.” Let those who fear the Lord now say, “His mercy endures forever.” Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Jeremiah 33:11 – …the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who will say: “Praise the Lord of hosts, For the Lord is good, For His mercy endures forever”— and of those who will bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord. For I will cause the captives of the land to return as at the first,’ says the Lord.
Psalm 110:5 – For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.
Isaiah 54:8 – …WITH EVERLASTING KINDNESS I will have MERCY on you,” says the Lord, your Redeemer.
The Lord’s COMPASSIONATE MERCIES are new every morning (day), and GREAT IS HIS FAITHFULNESS! (Lamentations 3:22,23)
JEHOSHAPHAT’S ARMY’S GREAT VICTORY
When they sent singers before the army who sang praises to the Lord FOR HIS MIERCY ENDURES FOREVER, their enemies were defeated! When they sang praises for God’s mercies, it was called in Scripture praising the “beauty of holiness”.
2 Chronicles 20:7– Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. 15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s…You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.”18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the Lord, worshiping the Lord. 19 Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with voices loud and high.20 So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” 21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, For His mercy endures forever.” 22 Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. 23 For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. 24 So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped. …and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much. 26 And on the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berachah, for there they blessed the Lord; therefore the name of that place was called The Valley of Berachah until this day. 27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, with Jehoshaphat in front of them, to go back to Jerusalem with joy, for the Lord had made them rejoice over their enemies.
PRAISING THE LORD’S MERCY IN THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID
I Chronicles 16:34 – O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good; for His mercy endures for ever... 41 And with them Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest that were chosen, who were expressed by name, to give thanks to the Lord, because his mercy endures for ever…
PRAISING THE LORD’S MERCY IN THE TEMPLE OF SOLOMON
2 Chronicles 5:13 – It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for His mercy endures for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord…
2 Chronicles 7:1-3,6 – …the glory of the Lord filled the house. 2 And the priests could not enter into the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house.3 And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for His mercy endures for ever... 6 And the priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with instruments of music of the Lord, which David the king had made to praise the Lord, because His mercy endures for ever, when David praised by their ministry; and the priests sounded trumpets before them, and all Israel stood.
PRAISING THE LORD’S MERCY at THE laying of the FOUNDATION OF THE TEMPLE
Ezra 3:11 – And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord; because he is good, for His mercy endures forever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.
GOD OF MERCY
2 Corinthians 1:3 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of MERCIES and the God of all comfort…
Micah 7:18 – Who is a God like unto you, that pardons iniquity, … because He delights in MERCY.
REVELATION OF GOD’S MERCY TO MOSES
Exodus 34:6-7 – And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”
DEFINITIONS OF MERCY
Mercy is the compassionate treatment of those in distress, especially when it is within one’s power to punish or harm them.
mercy means price paid. It has the connotation of forgiveness, forbearance, kindness, gracious, faithfulness, goodness, tender hearted, charity, meekness...
Mercy relates to forgiveness or withholding punishment. For example, God the Father showed mercy on us when he sacrificed his son, Christ Jesus, on the Cross to pay the price for our sins.
The Mercy of God Remains Forever
God is eternaL, and his mercy is eternal
Since God is eternal, and He is merciful, it means His mercy is eternal. We cannot ever remove that character from him.
Psalm 118:29 – Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER.
In Psalm 136 every verse (all 26 verses) reminds us that HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER!
Deuteronomy 7:9 – “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments…
Special note: 1 generation is from 25 to 50 years, approximately, according to different measurements. 1,000 generations could be anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 years! However, that is nothing compared to eternity, which is time without measure!
Isaiah 54:10 – For the mountains shall depart And the hills be removed, But My kindness shall not depart from you, Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you.
God’s eternal Mercy is abundant, and unending… His MERCY never runs out. It is always available when we come to Him.
Hebrews 4:16 – Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain MERCY and find grace to help in time of need.
difference between grace and mercy
There are some similarities between grace and mercy. Grace is freely given by God. It has to with experiencing the unmerited favor of God.
Mercy can be freely given, but as well it can be conditional – depending…
Special note: Mercy has to do with a compassionate response to those in distress. Those that are arrogant, proud and unrepentant may not obtain MERCY. There will be just punishment for the unrepentant.
Mercy is the fruit of compassion
Matthew 9:36 – when he saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them…
Matthew 14:14 – Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
Matthew 20:34 – Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.
Mark 1:41 – Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”
Luke 19:41-44 – (Jesus compassionately wept over Jerusalem.)
Luke 9:40-45- (Jesus compassionately healed the epileptic boy.)
Mark 10:46-52 – (Jesus compassionately healed blind Bartimaeus.)
Special note: Jesus’s unending, compassionate mercy gives us courage to continue to walk with him. It gives us peace, joy, encouragement, and hope.
Understanding God’s unending mercy is life-changing
As we come to understand His eternal mercy for us it will change our view of Him and we will have true respect for Him, and strive to be obedient.
Psalm 119:156 – Great are Your TENDER MERCIES, O Lord; revive me...
Psalm 94:18 – If I say, “My foot slips,” Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up.
Psalm 25:10 – All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, to such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.
Hebrews 10:17-20 – Their sins and iniquities will I remember no more… having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He has consecrated for us… let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water...
2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
THE PARABLE OF THE UNMERCIFUL, unforgiving SERVANT
Matthew 18:23-35 – Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and Forgave him the debt.28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow-servants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that you owe. 29 And his fellow-servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay you all. 30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.31 So when his fellow-servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O you wicked servant, I forgave you all that debt, because you desired me: 33 Should not you also have had compassion on your fellow-servant, even as I had pity on you? 34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if you from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
Matthew 5:7 – (Jesus said) Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Luke 6:36 – Be you therefore MERCIFUL, as your Father also is MERCIFUL.
James 2:13 – …He shall have judgment without MERCY, that has shown no MERCY; and MERCY rejoices against judgment.
Proverbs 3:3 – Let not MERCY and truth forsake you…
Proverbs 11:17 – The MERCIFUL man does good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubles his own flesh.
In Romans 1:29-32 (being UNMERCIFUL is listed among the sins of the unrighteous…)
Special note: As we experience God’s mercy in our life, let’s compassionately pass it along to others… As MERCY is shown, MERCY is multiplied. Let’s show mercy to others by allowing God’s mercy to flow through our lives...
Let’s Be forgiving
Ephesians 4:32 – And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Colossians 3:12-13 – Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.
GOD HAS SHOWN MERCY TO SINFUL PEOPLE.
Daniel 9:9 – To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him.
Psalm 86:15 – But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.
Micah 7:18 – Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy.
Jonah 1:1-3 – Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.
Nineveh was an Assyrian empire
Assyrians known for their wickedness and cruelty. Assyrian solders were very brutal.
Although Jonah disobeyed the Lord initially, he eventually repented and obediently went to Ninevah and preached the message from the Lord.
Nineveh responded to the message Jonah shared from the Lord and they repented of their sins. The Lord mercifully forgave them, and didn’t bring the judgment upon them He had planned to do.
THE LORD IS MercIFUL To REPENTANT Sinners
Psalm 86:5 – For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.
Example: israelites during the time of Jeremiah
The Jews were exiled in Babylon. They worshiped idols, and they rebelled against God. They forgot God, and went their own sinful ways…
Even though they did that, God still showed His mercy and love to them.
Jeremiah 29:11-14 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.
GOD’S FAITHFUL MERCIES
Lamentations 3:22-23 – Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
Special note: The Lord’s great mercies rescue us, and save us from destruction.
Example: the prodigal son
Although the prodigal son rebelled and left His father, when he repented and came back to HIs father he received MERCY and forgiveness.
Luke 15:11-32- (when the prodigal son came to his senses he said) 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him “Father, I have sinned…”… 20 …when he was yet a great way off, his father was saw him and had COMPASSION and ran and fell on his neck, and kissed him… 24 (and said) this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found…
EXAMPLE: THE GOOD SAMARITAN
There was a lawyer that asked Jesus a question about who his neighbor was, when Jesus reminded him to love his neighbor as himself. In response, Jesus shared with him the parable of the Good Samaritan.
Luke 10:36-37 – Which of these three… was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise”.
GOD IS RICH AND ABUNDANT IN MERCY
Ephesians 2:4 – But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
Psalm 103:8 – The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
Psalm 103:3-5 – Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender MERCIES, Who satisfies your mouth with good things..
2 Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient (long-suffering) toward you, not willing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
How to obtain mercy
A Repentent heart
Proverbs 28:13– He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
I John 1:9- If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Isaiah 55:7 – Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.
Joel 2:13 – …rend your heart… and turn unto the Lord your God: for He is gracious and MERCIFUL, slow to anger and of great kindness, and repents him of the evil…
Proverbs 28:13 – He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
BE MERCIFUL yourself
We will Reap what we sow!
2 Corinthians 9:6 – He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Galatians 6:7 – Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Matthew 5:7 – Blessed are the MERCIFUL, for they shall obtain MERCY.
Proverbs 14:21,22 – …he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he… mercy and truth belong to those who devise good.
Special note: A loving and merciful person is a great blessing to many people. As we are patient, kind, loving, good , and MERCFUL to others the Lord is pleased, we are blessed, and it spreads joy and happiness everywhere!
Micah 6:8 – He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?
Colossians 3:12 – Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering…
Philippians 2:1-3 – If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,2 Fulfill you my joy, that you be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
James 4:6 – …He gives more grace… God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble… humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.
HAVE A SURRENDERED WILL
James 4:7 – Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded.
Matthew 6:10 – Your kingdom come. Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Matthew 26:39 – (Jesus example)… not as I will (not my will) , but as you will (your will be done)…
Romans 6:13 – Neither yield your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
Romans 12:1-2 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the MERCIES OF GOD, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect WILL OF GOD.
MORE SCRIPTURES ABOUT MERCY
GOD’S MERCY REMEMBERED
Let’s never forget the Lord’s great MERCIES and lovingkindness toward us that keep us from destruction!
Isaiah 63:7 – I will mention the lovingkindness’s of the Lord and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord has bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, Which He has bestowed on them according to His mercies, according to the multitude of His lovingkindness’s.
MERCY AND COMFORT FOR THE AFFLICTED
Isaiah 49:13 – Sing, O heavens! Be joyful, O earth! And break out in singing, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people, And will have mercy on His afflicted.
MERCIFULly MEETING our NEEDS AND GUIDANCE provided
Isaiah 49:10 – They shall neither hunger nor thirst, Neither heat nor sun shall strike them; For He who has mercy on them will lead them, Even by the springs of water He will guide them.
MERCIFUL PRESENCE, GUIDANCE, SALVATION AND DELIVERANCE
Nehemiah 9:19,27,28 – …in Your manifold mercies You did not forsake them in the wilderness. The pillar of the cloud did not depart from them by day, To lead them on the road; Nor the pillar of fire by night, To show them light, And the way they should go... according to Your abundant mercies You gave them deliverers who saved them from the hand of their enemies…when they returned and cried out to
You, You heard from heaven; And many times You delivered them according to Your mercies…
THE LORD IS EXALTED IN MERCY AND JUSTICE — mercy IS A BLESSING
Isaiah 30:18 – Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him.
IN MERCY GOD’S THRONE IS ESTABLISHED
Isaiah 16:5 – In mercy the throne will be established; And One will sit on it in truth, in the tabernacle of David, Judging and seeking justice and hastening righteousness.”
Acts 13:34 – … He has spoken thus: ‘I will give you the SURE MERCIES of David’.
Psalm 89:2 – I have said, “Mercy shall be built up forever; Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens.”
Psalm 102:13-17 – You shall arise, and have MERCY upon Zion, for the time to favor her, yea, the set time is come... when the Lord shall build up Zion, He shall appear in his glory. He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.
Zechariah 1:16 – ‘Therefore thus says the Lord: “I am returning to Jerusalem with mercy; My house shall be built in it,” says the Lord of hosts,
HIS MERCY IS OVER ALL OF HIS WORKS
Psalm 145:9 – The Lord is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works.
ATONEMENT FOR INIQUITY IS AN EXPRESSION OF MERCY
Proverbs 20:28 – In MERCY and truth atonement is provided for iniquity…
FOLLOWING AFTER MERCY IS THE WAY OF LIFE
Proverbs 21:21 – He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor.
PRAYERS FOR MERCY
Hebrews 4:16 – Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Habakkuk 3:2 – O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy.
Psalm 6:4;31:16 – Oh, save me for Your mercies’ sake!
Psalm 25:6 – Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindness’s, for they are from of old.
Psalm 40:11 – Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord; let Your lovingkindness and Your truth continually preserve me.
Psalm 44:26 – …redeem us for Your mercies’ sake.
Psalm 51:1 – Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your
tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions.
Psalm 69:16 – Hear me, O Lord, for Your lovingkindness is good; Turn to me according to the multitude of Your tender mercies.
Psalm 79:8 – Oh, do not remember former iniquities against us! Let Your tender mercies come speedily to meet us, For we have been brought very low.
Psalm 90:14 – Oh, satisfy us early with Your MERCY, That we may rejoice and be glad all our days!
Psalm 119:77 – Let Your TENDER MERCIES come to me, that I may live; For Your law is my delight.
MERCY TO THOSE WHO FEAR THE LORD
Luke 1:54 – And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation.
SAVED BY MERCY
Titus 3:5 – not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit…
I Peter 1:3 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…
I Peter 2:10 – who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained MERCY but now have obtained MERCY.
Jude 1:21 – keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
James 2:13 – … Mercy triumphs over judgment.
WISDOM IS FULL OF MERCY
James 3:17 – But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
Jude 1:2 – Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.
Lamentations 3:32 – Though He causes grief, yet He will show compassion according to the multitude of His mercies.
“HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER”
We have been reminded in this message that the Lord’s compassionate mercIES toward us are very precious and amazing! Let’s always sing, rejoice, and thankfully praise Him for His marvelous MERCIES that are fresh, new, and available every day…
Psalm 89:1 – I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; with my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.
Special acknowledgement: Thanks to Ador Tejada for assistance with some of the preparation of this message, and for sharing it at our online service.