Psalm 111:4 He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and merciful.
Gracious, kind, merciful and compassionate. These words are the very heart of the character of God. To some who do not know Him or have not sought to know Him through His word but through their own understanding believe God to be the complete antonym. The enemy nurtures blind assumptions, lying to the misguided, reinforcing humanistic impressions declaring God to be harsh, angry, aloof, and eager to punish those who are not perfect. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Through all of God’s dealings with man, He has shown Himself both gracious and merciful. Even towards his chosen people, through their doubt, through their adulterous worship of other gods, and through their open rebellion, He willfully chose to bless them. Hearing their cries He delivered them from their persecutors, fulfilling and continuing to fulfill His promises. He cared for them in the desert, guiding them both day and night, providing for their every need both spiritually and physically. He made a way through treacherous terrain and through the Red Sea; demonstrating His power and faithfulness throughout time, expressing His perfect graciousness in every met need and fulfilled promise. Even more so, the perfect demonstration of His graciousness is made known to all mankind in Jesus, His only Son. God incarnate had compassion on all people, the sick, the hungry, the sinner, the rich and the poor. His every engagement filled with love, moved by the heart of compassion and mercy. He healed their sickness and forgave their sins. Above all, His graciousness toward the whole of mankind was demonstrated upon the Cross where He died a sinner’s death, willingly taking the judgment which was rightly our own. He grants forgiveness and grace to all who believe in Him; the Son of God and propitiator of our sins.
To what do we account such favor? Are we a special people? Do we deserve such graciousness due to our stellar stature, beauty, intelligence, or wealth? No. He chose us as His “favorites,” not because we earned His attention, catching His eye as we gleamed with personal excellence. Instead, he looked upon our lowly state, our eternal separation from Him and willingly set His love and affection upon us. He is slow, to anger, abounding in love, pouring out His graciousness upon us. He does not need to explain why; He is God. He simply does.
When we desire, like Moses, to understand God, to know Him, seek Him, to SEE HIM, we find ourselves in absolute awe and wonder. We are torn to pieces by our imperfections, realizing how undeserving we are. Humbly, we ultimately respond with hearts bowed low and lower and lower still in poured out worship.
Exodus 34:6–8 The Lord passed before him (Moses) and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” And Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped.