Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Praise and Rejoicing

Before I look into more thoughts on the verse from Matthew with regard to mercy and sacrifice I would like to worship my Lord with a few words of praise with thanksgiving. Recently a question I was facing led me to look back as a reminder of how far I had come. In Feb. of 2009 I wrote in a blog titled ‘Reflection’ praise to My Lord for graciously leading me to the help I needed to identify a health problem. It had slowed me down drastically for awhile then stopped me dead in my tracks for over a year and half. Now, another year later I praise him still for the continued improvement there has been. I am very thankful for the steady progress that has been evident with each month that has gone by . The joy of the Lord was and is my strength. Without the assurance of my salvation and God’s Holy Spirit within my being encouraging me in the Truth of God’s Word I would have given in. Continuing to sink deeper and deeper into a mental black abyss, a sea of nothingness from which I know I would not have recovered.
Now in 2010 the Lord confirms the claim he allowed me to promise then as mine. He spoke to my heart through this vs. in Isaiah 37:31: ‘and shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward’. It is coming to pass, for today I am not only able to function on a daily basis but have also been able to take on new responsibilities. Such a task, I could not have faced last year at this time. Thank you Lord, your Holy Spirit has been with me every step of the way reminding me of your love and mercy.
“I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.” Psalm 104:33
Now, as for the continuation of ponderings on Matthew 12:7, “But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy and not sacrifice…” let me leave you with a question. Is God saying, I will have mercy on you, to you and not sacrifice, or is he saying I will have mercy from you and not sacrifice? Just the other day my husband and I were both coming up to the door of the house to enter. Unexpectedly I leaned over to my husband for a kiss. He didn’t know quite what I was doing as he thought I was going to walk through the doorway but I didn’t. I stretched my face up to his and playfully said ‘I will have a kiss!’ It brought to mind this verse and I have been asking this question myself. What I was saying to my husband was that I desired a kiss from him, but then realized I also desired to give a kiss to him. So, what is being said? The Pharisees were so concerned with the letter of the law down to the nth detail which they had defined through the years that they had NO MERCY. But our God is a full of mercy, his mercy endures forever. He will have mercy on us and He desires to see mercy from us. I wonder what your thoughts might be?
God is good, all is well

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