The Faithful Mercy of God

Then stood up upon the stairs, of the Levites, Jeshua, and Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani, and cried with a loud voice unto the Lord their God. Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up and bless the Lord your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise. –  Nehemiah 9:4-5

Turn-to-thy-GodThe sin of Israel was great and so should be the repentance of it.  The religious leaders did not shy away but shouted their confessions and need of mercy.

The Levites then turned to those who had fallen on their faces in confession and told them to stand up. They were telling them that God is merciful and forgives the penitent sinner. Therefore, they should now shout praises of joy and thankfulness to God.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – I John 1:9

Thankful songs of praise should never stop pouring from the mouths of the elect of God for He has blessed them with all spiritual blessings. He has chosen them, sanctified them, and predestinated them to be with Him forever. He did these things, not because of their faithfulness, but for the praise of the glory of His grace (Ephesians 1:3-6)!

Our praise, even in all eternity, will never reach the full honor that is due to His majestic name but that does not mean we should not try. The Psalmist exhorts us:

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. – Psalm 48:1

“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!“
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!


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