Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thurs., 5/31/12 Devotion (Ps. 86:5, 15)

Today's encouragement comes from Psalm 86:5 & 15, which says this:

"For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. . . . But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth."

What sane person could not love this God? His nature is generous, kind, benevolent, and overflowing with grace. We are all fallen sin-ners; and yet God holds out the golden scepter of forgiveness and re-demption to us. Any who see these words (of Ps. 86) and yet end up in hell, have only themselves to blame for their foolishness.

Let us but come to Jesus today: forsaking all our idols, and clinging only to Him. He will not disappoint us. His grace is greater than our most ingrained sin, and our most aggravating troubles.

[Puritan quote of the day: "You have undone yourselves, and undone yourselves, as it were, thousands of times; but God would not allow you to be eternally undone for He loved you with an everlasting love." --Jonathan Edwards, preaching to his church his sermon entitled, "A man may eternally undo himself in one thought"]