Vocab lesson :: Mercy

by You Have My Word

I am astounded by the mercy of God. I have never completely understood the concept of mercy, but today it slid into place. I’m on a worship team camp at the moment and this morning we were asked to share a passage that depicted what worship meant to us. Romans 12 immediately came to mind: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Maybe it came to mind because God has been working deeply in my heart already about His mercy, but I know it applies explicitly to worship too.

Mercy is:

  • Compassion
  • To pardon someone, or mitigate punishment
  • An act of kindness
  • Something that gives evidence of divine favour
  • This. Is. Our. God.

    Because of God’s mercy: His compassion, His pardon for our sin, His kindness, His divine favour – because of all this, offer your body as a living sacrifice. Everything that you are, that I am right now as I stand before Jesus – every aspect of my being – must give glory to God.

    Psalm 63 says this: “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life,my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.”

    My whole being longs for you. My whole being longs for you. My. Whole. Being. Longs. For. You.

    In view of God’s incredible, gracious, freely-given, refreshing mercy, offer everything – the entire, the whole, the all-encompassing unit – to worship Him. Body, thought, feelings, actions, singing, relationships, work, emotions, prejudices, fears, sport, art, dance, spirit, soul: all this should honour Jesus Christ as an ongoing, continuous act of unabandoned, uninhibited worship.