God’s Mercy



Psalm 21:7   For the king trusts in the LORD, and through the mercy of the Most High he shall not be moved.


As I was reading Psalm 21 today, this verse jumped out at me.  David, the king, was writing about the blessings of the Lord upon his life and then he writes this.  I couldn’t help but think about what David must have felt.  Enemies all around him.  Who could he really trust?  Who was out to take his throne?  He knew he’d been placed there by God but sometimes don’t you imagine that the warfare was intense – emotionally and spiritually and literally?


And as he declares his trust in God, he then says, “It is through God’s mercy that I will not be moved.”  The longer I live, the more I realize the truth of this.  Sometimes in our youth, we feel invincible.  But as we age, we began to increasingly realize our weakness, our utter dependence upon God to hold us and rescue us. 


I looked up the Hebrew word for “moved” and found these meanings:


To waver; by implication, to slip; shake; fall; cut down; destroy


We can gain this interpretation. “It is through God’s mercy that I won’t waver, slip, shake, fall, be cut down or destroyed.”


I think of that song we sometimes sing that declares, “I shall not be moved,” and I believe the message should be, “As God is merciful to me everyday, I won’t utterly fail Him; I won’t slip, fall, or waver to a place where He won’t be able to rescue me; I won’t be cut down or ultimately destroyed because of His mercy.”


I know so many times in believing that it was only God who could hold me, I have declared that but put all my eggs into the basket that in reality depended upon myself. “I will never fail you, God.  I will be completely devoted to you.  I will not allow any thought to take me from you.  I’d rather die than fail you.” 


Somehow, the focus subtly became my commitment instead of His mercy.  So I find I must declare anew, “By your mercy God, I won’t be moved. By your mercy, by your mercy, by your mercy.”


I’m so glad His precious, beautiful mercy is available every day in new portions because it truly is all about Him and His strength.  His strength is made perfect in my weakness.  Now that is something to praise Him for!


David ends this Psalm by saying, “Be exalted, O LORD, in Your own strength! We will sing and praise Your power.”


May that be our declaration today and always.













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