545 And Can It Be

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’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more

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But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved). (Eph 2:4-5)

God, rich in mercy and great with love. His love for man extends to the uttermost parts of the sea, the darkest night; it descends to the lowest valley and reaches to the highest mountain in search of its object. His heart of goodness pierced with pain, extended toward the object of His love: sinners—miserable, hopeless, laden with the cares of this world, dead in trespasses and sins. Because He loves, He yearns for fellowship with man. The Father of all mercies, in lovingkindness extends compassion and forbearance to all who are made alive by faith in Christ.

Divine love, true love, willingly suffers for its object. God gave His cherished, His beloved, His only Son to suffer, bleed, and die that we may live together with Christ, risen from the grave of sin and shame, heirs to the riches in heaven, jewels in our Lord’s crown, engraved on the palms of His hands, forever in His mind (Is. 49:16). In divine goodness and in harmony with truth and justice, infinite wisdom, power, and love, He made a way through His only Son—the fountain of redemption. Jesus bore the burden of our guilt and sin on the cross, breaking up the fountains of the great deep of divine sorrow. He has quickened us, made us alive, revived, and stimulated us. Consider a rag doll, altogether unresponsive to its environment but by the hands of a child who would carry and animate it. We have been as the rag doll toward the things of God, unresponsive to His leading, choosing, rather to be tossed around in the hands of the world and our tempestuous passions. But God, rich in mercy, has revived us, we are in His hands now, made alive in Christ, revived by Him. No longer destined to languish, entombed in our sins for Christ has raised us up into life with Him. All too often we look upon our being with the eyes of flesh, forgetting to see ourselves through the lens of God’s mercy. We are the object of God’s divine love and compassion, engraved on the palms of His hands.

Won’t you put on your spiritual lens that you might see more clearly, focusing on the richness of God’s mercy? You are the object of His compassion. Let your soul rejoice as you live the life He has designed for you, made alive with Christ, destined for eternity in heaven. Let God be the object of your compassion as you rejoice, singing, “’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore, let angel minds inquire no more.”