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Plenteous in mercy

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. Psalms 103:8

Put yourself in charge of you today. For a moment, lay down your magnifying glass of illumination or your periscope of peeping and pick up the looking glass. Now, judge the only image that the reflective power of the glass is showing you.

Knowing what you know about you, all your dirt, secrets, coverups and enigmas, what would you say to yourself if you were to drop the gavel of judgment on your life right now? We would fail the test, nose-dive, and go into a tailspin. The darkness of our mistakes would hand down the sentence of punishment all of us have earned, to be an outcast from the presence of the Lord.

At some point in Davids life, whether he was a shepherd, warrior, or king  I do not know, what I do know is he had an epiphany, moment, or flash of a reflection of what could be without God on his side. He observed tragedy, catastrophe, and misfortune. In plain vernacular, he would be damned.

This is what we would all see if we looked at our own reflection in the mirror of time.  But, when you look at your reflection in Jesus, the Living Water, what you see staring back at you is a Savior that is merciful, gracious, and slow to anger.  David said God knows our frame and knows we are dust in verse 14 of this same chapter.  This is not an excuse for failure, but a reminder of just how much God is pulling for you and I in everything from our walk to our talk.

Our prayer for you this week: May you realize from every morning we awaken, to every breath we take, from every thought we think, to every action we encounter, it is only because God is plenteous in mercy, and we are walking in the reflection of His goodness.

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Josh Shields

Josh Shields and his wife, Janice, founded New Life Church in Berryville, Arkansas in 2011, where he continues to be the residing pastor. He formerly served in different pastoral positions throughout the state of Arkansas and has ministered at various churches, conferences, conventions, and venues throughout the nation. He began his ministry in 1983 at the age of 16, feeling the call at a young age to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He enjoys every opportunity to share Jesus with others through his ministry by speaking, preaching, singing, and writing weekly articles/posts.

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