Listen to how God introduces himself to Moses:
Exodus 34:6-7 (AMP)
6 And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord! the Lord! a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in loving-kindness and truth,
7 Keeping mercy and loving-kindness for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but Who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children, to the third and fourth generation.
The first character trait God expresses, after His title of Lord, Lord, is merciful. That word merciful means full of compassion. Compassion is a feeling that identifies one with the pain or sorrow of someone else and moves them to action to help. Isn’t is wonderful to see God introduce Himself as a God of feelings that move Him? God’s merciful feelings moved Him to send His son to die for us.
This scripture tells us that God is full of mercy….He just doesn’t have a little but He is absolutely full.
Let’s look at another scripture:
18 Who is a God like You, Who forgives iniquity and passes over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retains not His anger forever, because He delights in mercy and loving-kindness.
Today, let our hearts rejoice in the fact that God, Who is full of Mercy, gives us mercy. That by itself is awesome…but there is more….He actually delights in it.
Picture a child who continually does the same thing wrong, with the Father. The Father is talking to the child yet again. Instead of getting frustrated with the child, the Father lovingly delights in teaching the child in the way he should go. The father delights because the child is the most precious thing in the world to him. The Father knows the plan He has for the child and will not give up on it. He will continue working with the child till the child grasps it.
That is you and I. Yes, we do things that require mercy, sometimes over and over, but God delights in giving us mercy. Why? He delights because He loves giving us himself.
Which brings me to this point….this answers a question I have always had, “Why are God’s mercies new every morning?” Why did God chose mercy to be new every day? It is because it is what delights Him. They are new because mercy is God’s delight. God is not sighing and stomping his feet in frustration over me, He is pleased to help me, to rescue me, to be merciful with me.
Let this thought be what your heart focuses on:
GOD DELIGHTS IN GIVING YOU MERCY!