In today’s world the problem we face is that we do not get justice. If we do anything good then the reward in turn is bad. But the word of God says, when truth and mercy meet we get justice.
David says in Psalm 31: 21-22 that he became fearful and was afraid that he had gone far from Him. Similarly we also face this fear many times in our lives and become worrisome and don’t get justice hence, all our work gets spoiled. David says that he was not of any use but still God showed His mercy and gave him victory. God, whether we believe in Him or not, whether we love Him or go far from Him, will be with us and never leave us alone. What is mercy? It is getting something we are not worthy of. By the blood of Christ Jesus we have received salvation. We are not worthy of it as we are defaulters, sinners but by His grace we have received salvation. David was afraid that he was not worthy and was fearful because he did not have anything, not even faith. He says that he had unbelief but still God showed him mercy and this is God’s Grace.
Mercy in abundance and Truth in scarce
What is the relation between mercy and truth? We find in the Bible that these two words come together in many places. Paul in Romans 7: 21-25 says that whatever he wants to do in spirit, he is unable to do in flesh. Whatever truth we have learnt, when our spirit gets ready to walk in that truth, our flesh, body and thoughts disrupt our walk. Why we are not victorious is because those who walk in darkness are all around us and are progressing. They get growth in everything and are living a joyous life. We begin thinking that what is the use of obeying His word and we start waking in darkness. But the word of God tells us to forget all that and start listening to His word and obey it. A question then arises in us that if it is this way then how are the wicked living, the answer is in Romans 5: 20 which says, as sin increases grace, also increases. Wicked live on this grace and increase. In this context a challenge for God’s people is that whether they are able to walk in the path of truth even without this Grace.
Meeting point of Mercy and Truth
David says in Ps 85: 10 that mercy and truth should meet. In our lives truth is little but mercy is abundant. We think only God can walk in the word and so, we betray ourselves. To whom has God given the Word? He has given it to us. This living word is for us. What does the word say? Man cannot live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. God gave this word to us and we say this word is for Him because only He can work and walk in truth and guard the truth and we cannot do anything. Paul brought out in 2 Corinthians 4: 16-17 that inwardly we are being renewed day by day. When inwardly we are being renewed day by day our outward flesh gives way for the inward man. Paul says this happens day by day. This is where we get betrayed. We listen to His word, feel His love, accept it and hence receive salvation, but think that salvation is one day’s work. God moulds us each day of our life. Salvation is not a one day process. John the Baptist says “I should decrease and He should increase”. This happens on daily basis. Here is an example for the same. When we were kids, we used to play in the rains, our clothes would be muddy and we’ll be afraid to enter our home. Today we are grown up but today also our clothes get spoiled as we live in a dirty environment. We may be clean but what we listen and see makes us unclean. Even without our knowledge, our sub-conscious mind does get involved in dirt. When we try to get rid of these dirts constantly, mercy and truth can definitely meet in our life and we will get justice.
By Mercy and Truth Iniquity is Purged
“By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.” Proverbs 16:6
In Jesus this has been fulfilled and the glory of God was seen by everyone. Because Jesus was able to walk in truth and utter obedience to His father, the blood of Jesus Christ is able to wash away everyone’s sin.
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” Ephesians 2:8
It is true that we are saved not by our deeds but by God’s grace. Paul records that
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Is it then right for us to still cling on to His grace? No, this grace is not for relying on worldly pleasure but to grow in truth day by day. Let us utilise this grace to an optimum level. Let us walk by grace in truth through faith.
“Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.” Psalms 85:13