Place some precious gold coins in the feeding trough of a horse or mule. But do not be surprised when it pushes these aside with its mouth and, having eaten all the food, walks away from them. It sees no value in them but rather considers them to be in its way. It is because we do not appreciate God’s mercy as we ought that we are in Psalm 32:9 taught, “Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have and no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.”
The sad fact but undeniable truth is that we do not appreciate God’s mercy as we ought, and God through David instructs us in verse 11: “Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.” We have been made righteous through the forgiveness of our sins, and upright in heart by having been given a guileless spirit (verse 2); but we do not appreciate this as we ought, because we still have our sinful flesh and do not see the value of God’s mercy of which David speaks in verse 10 in these words: “Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about.” The truth of these two verses is expressed thus in our versification:
The sorrows of the wicked In number shall abound,
But those that trust Jehovah,
His mercy shall surround;
Then in the Lord be joyful,
In song lift up your voice;
Be glad in God, ye righteous,
Rejoice, ye saints, rejoice.
Yes, we know the sorrows that come to the wicked. We too have sickness and disease. Death takes our loved ones away from us as well as theirs from them. But remember what David said: “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” Sickness, disease, and death are God’s wrath upon the wicked and His means to bring them to everlasting punishment. For us these are works of His mercy, for they are His means to prepare us for and bring us to the heavenly glory He prepared in Christ.
Be glad then and rejoice. Shout for joy! His mercy surrounds us; and no punishment can keep us from that glory, or touch us.
Read: Psalm 98
Psalter versification: 84:2
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.