SUNDAY SCRIPTURE~ September 23, 2012

Do you have an on-going talk with God? 
Lately, mine goes something like this…

 “Father, help me…. Father, have mercy on … Father, forgive me… Father, have mercy on me… Father, help fill-in-the-blank… Father, have mercy on this country… Father, I praise you… Father, have mercy on us…”
My thoughts and dialogue with God these days have a whole lot to do with HIS MERCY!
I need it… we need it… our country needs it!
Mercy, the word CHESED (pronounced khesed) in Hebrew is one of the richest and most precious words in scripture!
God’s moral character is one full of mercy…CHESED goes to the heart of the character of God himself!
There is really no adequate word in the English language for CHESED. 
We call it God’s lovingkindness,  kindness and mercy.
But God’s true mercy is so much more!!!! 
CHESED is a covenant word… a solemn, binding agreement… better than a promise!
CHESED is undeserved benevolence and withholding deserved judgement… no wonder I cry out for it so often! 
CHESED is a word of great comfort and security for those longing for God’s spiritual comfort… for those wanting to see God’s compassion working in their lives!
CHESED is abundant… because God’s measure of mercy is limitless! 
CHESED is everlasting… not only does God pour out mercy is great measure… HE is not bound by time and neither is the mercy HE lavishes on us!
When I cry out to God with this one word.. Mercy… God reaches down to just where I am… no matter where… and pours out his lovingkindness, mercy, covenant, benevolence, comfort, security and love in great abundance… for all time! 
No wonder MERCY has been part of my daily dialogue with The LORD!
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  1. says

    Yvonne,
    Powerful message!!! Perfect timing for our Annual Retreat to Bennett Spring State Park for vacation!!! I am so ready to “draw near to the heart of God”! Taking time to “LISTEN” for His guidance and direction in our lives is the BEST part of our trip! Thank you, dear friend, for being His messenger today…and speaking to my awaiting heart!
    Fondly,
    Pat

  2. says

    Yvonne, I find myself actively praying for God’s mercy, too. (Especially for our beloved country!) I am so undeserving of God’s mercies and am overwhelmed by them…which are new every morning.

    Blessings,

    Barbara

  3. says

    Yvonne -
    What divine timing! My Bible study group discussed CHESED last week and I was still wrestling with it. Your words defined it completely and I am finally comfortable with my understanding of it. I am so often moved by your wisdom.
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

  4. says

    Hi Yvonne! Thank you so much for visiting me and leaving your sweet comments! Did you know that your blogger id says ‘no reply’ when you leave a comment so no one can reply directly to your comment? I just thought I might mention that in case you want to change it. Happy Fall! Angie xo

  5. says

    A favorite verse for so many of us. Faith for today and bright hope for tomorrow.

    Last week on a Christian radio station, I heard that Sept. 25 for been declared national day of repentence. If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray……

  6. says

    Mercy, I ask God for it every day for myself and my loved ones; Thank God He is plenteous in mercy!
    Thank you for sharing! I enjoy your Sunday Scripture every week! It’s so encouraging. Keep up the good work!

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