There is a phrase that one of the girls coined at youth retreat last month that has stuck with me. She had received a blessing - one that we would often go without thanking the Lord for - and she said these words:
"Won't He do it."
His "mercy" is standing out to me the past couple of days. As I ponder what He could have done in each of our lives based on our performance, and then think of what He chose to do...I cannot help but proclaim over my life and the life of my family: Won't He do it.
I challenge you to read Psalm 51 today. This was written by David when Nathan the prophet called him out in regard to the mess he had made with sin. He didn't try to deny what he had done. He didn't try to blame it on Bathsheba. He admitted his failure and instead of pleading his case by presenting how good he had been before, David cried out for mercy.
Sure, we may not have gone against the Word of the Lord to the extent that David did in the whole Bathsheba/Uriah incident. Maybe we have never cheated on, stolen from or murdered another...and are in desperate need of mercy. However, we have all sinned and fallen short of the Lord's glory. It isn't about comparison to another's sin, but comparison to His righteousness. Newsflash to all who would dare to get in on your own merit: It ain't happening.
However, Lamentations 3 speaks of the mercies of the Lord that are new every morning. We have an amazing Father that doesn't wake us each day with fresh condemnation for how we failed Him yesterday. We serve a God who wakes us with mercy. Sure, He convicts us and leads us to the place of repentance, but it is so that He can extend mercy. He wants to forgive. He wants to break the chains. He wants you free.
I dare you to take the mess that you have made and lay it before the only One who can make things right. Then repent, be cleansed, and allow the Lord to use your story as a testimony of His faithfulness. Then all who look at you will see Him and say along with you, "Won't He do it."
Father, thank You for Your mercy. Thank You for not treating me as I deserve, but for choosing to give Your Son in my place. You have done it. You finished the work for my redemption. Thank You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Psalm 51, 2 Samuel 11-12