Recently in prayer meeting we sang that old hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy” and I haven’t been able to get this phrase out of my mind – “merciful and mighty”. Our God is powerful, mighty, able to destroy me with a glance if He so desired. And He would not be unjust to do so. But He is also merciful, and because of this great mercy He directed his great power toward my redemption, not my destruction.
Ephesians 2:4-7 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
God is glorified by the display of His grace in me. We, the church, are like a trophy case. God points to us and says to all powers and principalities “Do you see this one? Particularly wicked, she was. But now, spotless, blameless and righteous through the blood of My Son.” And all of heaven and earth can do no less than marvel at the kindness and mercy of God towards one so undeserving. It is a grace that astonishes and leaves one with their eyes wide with wonder.
It truly is amazing.