AMPLIFY: God's Mercy
Lesson 14: A Merciful God
Lesson 14, Devotion 1
"Remember, LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old." - Psalm 25:6
Think of someone or something recently that really deserved a negative reaction from you. Maybe it was a sibling that wore your clothes without asking you or a dog that ate your iPhone. What does it feel like to get angry at someone who deserves it? If we're honest, it can kind of feel good, can't it? Maybe it has to do with the fact that we make mistakes and deserve people's frustration, too. But when people make us mad we can often enjoy the response it causes in us.
Read Psalm 25:4-7. Pay attention to vs 6. Here is a very interesting passage to describe God and His mercy. Here, David wants God to guide Him and teach Him. He doesn't want to fail God. And when he does, as he knows he will, David asks God something specific. He essentially says, "God, remember that you are merciful. When I deserve to be punished for my sin, you offer forgiveness," David is relying on God's capacity to show kindness and mercy to those who don't deserve it.
Maybe the next time someone messes up, and we're tempted to let them have it, we should remember how God chooses to treat us.
Think about this:
- How have you experienced God's mercy?
- What have you don't lately to show mercy to others?
Lesson 14, Devotion 2
"Away from me, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping. The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer. All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish: they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame." - Psalm 6:8-10
Here is a powerful truth when it comes to God's mercy: God hears your cries. Not only that, He has both the ability and the desire to answer your prayers.
Today, spend some time in focused prayer with God. Bring any hurts or needs to Him. If you're in a place right now where you don't have any pressing needs, lift someone else up to God in prayer. Listen to Him. Focus on what His response is to you, And take confidence knowing that He hears you.
Lesson 14, Devotion 3
Take a moment and read this quote. Then, answer the question below:
"God has never had people who were at the mercy of circumstances. His wisdom always anticipates hell's worst and provides for heaven's best. So it is with high confidence that we may look to Him, notwithstanding the bleakness of the present scene surrounding us." - Jack Hayford
Think about this:
- God knows everything we're going through. It's not a surprise to Him. How does that impact our relationship with Him?
- When you ask God for help, what do you expect Him to do?
- If you are not seeking God out in times of trouble, what does that say about your level of trust in Him and His character?