Written by: Christopher Sernaque
"I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications." (Ps 116:1) "The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me." (Ps 116:6) We again will look at the refrain of one of the Psalms. Again, we are presented with the same three categories: 1.) Israel 2.) The House of Aaron 3.) Those Who Fear the Lord. This symphony we have started, let it resound through the created universe and touch the hearts of every hearer. Should we be afraid to play our part in what God has orchestrated? No, as the Psalmist penned, "The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?" (Ps 118:6) With that, let us put this anthem in our hearts.
The very first place we find the words "mercy" and "Israel" used together is in the second book of Moses. In Exodus 25:22, we find that God is developing a relationship with His people. He promised that He would both meet and commune with them at the mercy seat, the top section of the ark of the covenant which featured two cherubim. Thus, when the Bible says that God's mercy endureth forever it means that He forever wants to keep communicating with His Beloved.
The very first place we find the words "mercy" and "Aaron" used together is in the third book of Moses. In Leviticus 16:2 we find God instructing Aaron on the practices concerning the Day of Atonement feast. It was in this feast that after the blood of sacrifices was sprinkled seven times that God's people were made clean from all their sins before Him. (Levi 16:14, 30) It is sin that separates us from God. (Isa 59:1-2) Thus, when the Bible says that God's mercy endureth forever it means that He never wants there to be a separation between Him and His Beloved.
The very first place we find the words "mercy" and "fear" is Nehemiah 1:11 if we go by the placement of the book. However, chronologically, the first placement is found in the Psalms. (Ps 5:7) In Nehemiah's account, he is asking God to be attentive to his prayer. In David's account, he is traveling to dwell with God, where there is love at home, to fearfully worship Him in the multitude of His mercy. Thus, these taken together indicate that when the Bible says that God's mercy endureth forever it means that He forever listens and has compassion on His Beloved.
We may reject God and those who love us, but nonetheless, God's mercy endureth forever and Love is forever True.