As learners, we want to get into the habit of constructing meaning from our experiences. Such work requires reflection. Reflection has many facets. For example, reflecting on work enhances its meaning. Reflecting on experiences encourages insight and understanding. In that light, consider this reflection on this week’s message.
The Mercy of God
1 I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven. 2 As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he shows us his mercy. 3 Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us, for we have endured no end of contempt. 4 We have endured no end of ridicule from the arrogant, of contempt from the proud.
God’s mercy is a wonderful gift, and we receive it through God’s grace. The Psalmist knew this and cries out to God for His mercy and compassion. As we read these, let’s focus on these three key points from Pastor Terry’s message:
- We must ask for God’s mercy in humbleness and obedience.
- We ask God for mercy because God is merciful and compassionate to our needs.
- When we receive mercy, God’s mercy transforms us into believers who give mercy to others.
Please read and think about each question as it applies to your Christian journey with Christ.
- How would you define God’s mercy?
- When have you asked for and received God’s mercy?
- How did this change you, and the lives of those around you?
- Is there anything in your walk with Christ that is keeping you from asking for God’s mercy? How should we view God’s free gift of mercy?
Thank you, Lord, for your abundant mercy. As I read these verses, let my heart be changed. Let me become more receptive to your mercy and learn to be more merciful to those around me.