Summary: This is an outline for a Wednesday night service. The main idea is that God forgives His people repeatedly and continues to keep His promise because His mercy endures forever!
Our Merciful God
November 30, 2011
This is an outline for a Wednesday night service. The main idea is that God forgives His people repeatedly and continues to keep His promise because His mercy endures forever!
Praise to the Lord (:1-2)
Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. 2Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? who can shew forth all his praise?
A recognition of the blessing in Christ (:3)
3Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.
Taking the whole Bible into consideration (especially verse six from this very chapter) we have to conclude that no one has kept judgment or done righteousness at all times except Christ…but we’re in Him. See I John. 3:7.
And so with that hope, he makes…
An appeal to God’s covenant (:4-5)
4Remember me, O LORD, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation; 5That I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance.
Look and see that all of salvation is of God. He bears favor. He visits with salvation. He has chosen a people and a nation for Himself. Read I Peter 2:9.
The hope of the Psalmist is not in his own keeping of the Law but in the promise of God through the One who is blessed.
And lest we think there’s an end to God’s mercy towards us, we read…
A recounting of the people’s collective guilt and of God’s mercy (:6-46)
6We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.
His sin is tied to the sins of his fathers (original sin). Verse 47 makes me think this is probably someone in Babylonian captivity, so he knows what it means to pay for your father’s sins. But he doesn’t throw it away as unfair: “We have sinned with our fathers.”
7Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea.
They saw the plagues and the Passover, but they didn’t understand it. Neither did they remember the multitude of His mercies.
But look at this:
8Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.
If you can get this one point right here then you’ll understand the real motivation for God’s activity in life. It is a blessing to know God, and it’s a joy to be saved, but the reason He does what He does is “for His name’s sake.” Now some people hear that and think God must be pretty insecure to always be tooting His own horn. But what have we been studying? We need a higher view of God! There is no other Rock and no other God. How would we ever begin to understand the measureless mercy and compassion and holiness and justice of God if He never did anything but give us what we deserve?
So He called out Abraham and chose a people for Himself to give them what His Son deserved and to give His Son what they deserved.
9He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness. 10And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. 11And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left. 12Then believed they his words; they sang his praise.
He led the people out of Egypt and delivered them from the wicked Pharaoh (Ex. 14:26-31).
13They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: 14But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. 15And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.
This is when the people got tired of eating manna in the desert (Num. 11:4). The food God had given them wasn’t enough so they put Him to the test.
16They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the LORD. 17The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan and covered the company of Abiram. 18And a fire was kindled in their company; the flame burned up the wicked.
19They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image. 20Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass. 21They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt; 22Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red sea.