The Multitude of God’s Mercy

The Multitude of God’s Mercy

RiverWalk Church of Christ Wichita Ks  Minister

I saw today, in my meditation, something in Scripture I really like. Psalm 5:7 says, “But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.” This is in the King’s English so it may appear to be a little stilted to the modern Bible reader; however, I enjoy the Psalms in the King James and am reading through them now in that Bible.
Look particularly at the phrase, “in the multitude of thy mercy.” Wrap your head around that. Not just some mercy did God give the Psalmist. Not just enough mercy that the Psalmist could continue his relationship with God. But rather the multitude, or as I would see it, the great many and varied aspects, angles, and parts that all combine into one conglomerate called God’s mercy.
Modern translations don’t, I believe, give justice to this. They tend to talk about “great lovingkindness,” or some such. And that’s OK, but I don’t think that gets the flavor of what the Psalmist was seeing when he visualized what he was writing about. I think the Psalmist was seeing something much greater in his mind’s eye…something beyond comprehension…a multitude, as it were, of God’s mercy.
Multitude…myriad…legion…throng…horde. More than can be comprehended or dealt with. An overpowering and overcoming number. God’s mercy, the Psalmist says, is that not just that way. God’s mercy is not just like that…it IS that. It is overcoming, overpowering, overriding. It is incomprehensible, and incapable of being fully understood. It cannot be quantified, and no container is large enough to hold it.
God has many known attributes, and deals with us in many known ways. God extends grace. God is just. God is love. God bestows mercy. God is kind. God provides forgiveness. And so on. However, to just describe in some detail even one of God’s known attributes…his mercy…left the Psalmist almost speechless…describing it simply as “the multitude of your mercy.” We can do no better today.
What do you think of God’s mercy? Do you see it as something overpowering and overcoming? Do you see it as incomprehensible and not fully knowable? You should, if you don’t. And if you don’t, why not? I think that says something about your relationship with Him. And that something isn’t good.

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