Monday, November 24, 2008

His Mercy Endureth

For the Lord, he is good
His truth is everlasting
And his mercy endureth to all generations.

The Queen, in the lovely lighthearted-and-yet-strangely-to-be-obeyed way that she has (you know what I mean, don't you?), has insisted that the children of our church memorize Psalm 100 for Thanksgiving. She even brought them all printouts of the Psalm, and began asking for recitations this past Sunday.

I'm glad she has done this, because, although Triss and Mariel already have this Psalm by heart, Cornflower's education has been sadly neglected where this Psalm is concerned. She has been working diligently on it. (She's not nearly ready, though, your Highness, so please don't ask her for a recit. yet!)

Tonight we were coaching Cornflower on her Psalm, and this phrase stuck with me:

And his mercy ENDURETH to all generations.

Do you realize how awesome God is? It is incredibly difficult for a human being to be merciful at all, let alone to all generations. (We want justice, right? Give'em what they deserve, eh?)

His mercy endureth to ALL GENERATIONS.

Think of how many years and how many people that encompasses. All. Generations. All of them.

This is where a thorough knowledge of history comes in handy. It is much more amazing to ponder that we are not just talking about modern generations, but all the way back. We're talking Greeks, Romans, Phoenicians. We're talking Mycenaeans. We're talking Persians, Babylonians. We're talking the ancient people of the Indus River valley. The children of Abraham, the children of Noah. The children of Cain. That's a lot of generations of enduring mercy.

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33)

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