“Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth. Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men: In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes. But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.” —Psalm 26:8-11
One recent Sunday morning, during a church service Scripture reading, Psalm 26 was read aloud. The closing verses above struck a particular chord with us. Finding ourselves in the midst of a worldwide political conflagration, with America—and indeed the world—in the throes of severe chastening by an angry God, we couldn’t help but ask ourselves… will the LORD destroy our nation to the uttermost or will He be discriminating in His judgments? With our increasingly rapid decent into tyranny, anarchy and insanity (see Deut 28:28), the theme of our prayers over the past 18 months has been mercy—that He will not “gather our souls with sinners” but extend special graces to His saints. In so many ways, that has already been true, but it remains our most fervent prayer that He might spare those who have—albeit with hands and feet of clay—striven to walk in integrity and have loved the place where His “honour dwelleth”.
“Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.” —Psalm 85:9-11
Mercy is thy name; by mercy shalt thou be sustained
Drawing further inspiration from our favorite book of all time—The Pilgrim’s Progress—which we just read again as a family this year for the younger ones that missed it last time, we delighted in the blessing that Old Mr. Honest pronounced over a faithful daughter of the King:
“Then they told him of Mercy and how she had left her town and her kindred to come along with Christiana and her sons. At that the honest man said, Mercy is thy name; by mercy shalt thou be sustained, and carried through all those difficulties that shall assault thee in thy way, till thou shalt come thither, where thou shalt look the Fountain of Mercy in the face with comfort.”
More on mercy to His saints
“Lord God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart…” —I Kings 8:23
“All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.” —Psalm 25:10
“Lael” (pronounced lay-elle)—a Hebrew name meaning “belonging to God”—when coupled with “Mercy”, gives her name the joint meaning consistent with our prayer in this season: God, even in judgment, please grant mercy to Your people.
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Our smallest baby yet! 6 lbs. 14 oz, 19.5″