“Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:”
The mercy of God is often not discussed enough to the believer who has found the shame of sin to be the voice that screams that they are not worthy. In the verse above, the psalmist says, “Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:” God’s mercy is what moved Him to remember the psalmist and gave him a chance to recover from sin. Had it not been for God’s mercy, we may not have the Book of Psalms. We have this great book because God’s mercy on David allowed him to be used after he was brought out of his “low estate.” Let me share with you several thoughts concerning the greatness of God’s mercy.
First, God’s mercy causes God to remember us at our worst. The verse above doesn’t say, “Who remembered us at our best…” No; it says that God’s mercy caused Him to remember us when we were at our worst. You may think that you don’t deserve to be used of God, and you are right; but what person is there who is worthy to be used of God? My friend, God’s mercy finds the believer at their worst and gives them hope that God still loves them and wants to use them. It should always encourage you that God chooses to use you, not at your best, but He chooses you at your worst. It is God’s mercy that finds you at your worst and pulls you out of your “low estate” to make something out of you.
Second, God never forgets you, even in your “low estate.” One of the lies that the Devil whispers in your ear when you have done wrong is that God doesn’t want anything to do with you because of what you have done. Let me encourage you that God may be disappointed in what you have done, but He always wants you back. Don’t believe the whispering lies of the Devil who tells you that there is no purpose in going back to God because He would never want you. No; the opposite is true. God’s mercy kicks in when you are at the lowest of life, and if you will listen to the calling voice of the Holy Spirit to come home, you will find that God’s mercy is there if you will just respond to His call to come home.
Third, God’s mercy never runs out. You will notice that the verse above says, “…for his mercy endureth for ever:” Not only does God remember us in our “low estate,” but He never forgets us no matter how many times we find ourselves falling back into the same slime pit of sin. My friend, you may have come back to God time and time again, but if you find yourself there again, His mercy is still there to help you get out of the mess in which sin has placed you.
With the lessons of the greatness of God’s mercy, there are two things you need to remember. First, learn to forgive yourself because God has forgiven you. Overcoming guilt is one of the greatest things you will have to conquer once you leave sin. My friend, if God is merciful enough to forgive you, then you need to follow His example and forgive yourself. Stop beating yourself up and doing nothing just because you don’t feel worthy. Don’t let sin defeat you by doing nothing after God’s forgiveness; rather, let forgiveness win by getting up and serving God.
Second, learn to be merciful to others. Don’t make the mistake of being a condemning person of the sins of others. Follow the LORD’s example and be merciful to those who have done wrong by trying to restore them back to usefulness.