by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions
Psalms 103:8-17 The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. 14 For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children's children,
Last night, my wife decided to stay up late to watch the opening night of the Messiah Conference by live stream Internet (a huge gathering of Messianic Jews and Israel loving Christians from all over the world, taking place annually in Harrisburg Pa). Low and behold, who's voice came through the loudspeakers but Riv's, as a dance troupe danced beautifully to her song "Kes Harachamim" (Mercy Seat). How cool!
When we read the scriptures in English, we often miss the greater significance of Hebraic words that are not necessarily mistranslated, but maybe UNDER-translated. One such word is "rachamim". This word is translated to the English word Mercy, but more accurately, this word is a plurality – mercies. It comes from the Hebrew word, rachem which means to love, to love deeply, to have mercy, to be compassionate – and rachem is also the Hebrew word for womb! As a mother loves her baby, so is the same deep and passionate, and never ending love the Father has for us. It is because of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, His unending compassions do not fail us. They are new every morning.
Start off today by running to the mercy seat. There you will find your sins covered, and a life giving time of refreshing that only the Lord can provide. Run to the Mercy seat!
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