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Our reading this week from Psalm 25 brings up a tremendous number of ideas. Possibly the central idea is that God’s work is governed by mercy, while our tendency when going our own way is to break covenants and use force to accomplish our will. The contrast between God and man is enormous.
When God works through his love, his faithfulness, his abundant mercy, he shows great care for his people. He is rich in forgiveness. This grace of God is not satisfied by our staying the same. He instructs us. He teaches us. He changes us from following sin to following righteousness.
This is a very hard thing for us. We like to think we are free agents who are really pretty good folks. God sees it differently. His desire is to make us into his covenant people, protected by his mercy, not by our own faithless attitude.
What of those who really do pretty well? The Lord still calls us to him. If we have weakness, error, sin of any sort, he wishes to bring his forgiveness and change us. Then we will be safe from all types of evil. He will pluck our feet out of the net and rescue us. This is God’s mercy at work. He is the one who rescues from all sin and evil. Thanks be to God.
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