Bible Study - April 26th, 2017

Psalms 136

Pastor Clark


Bible Study from April 26th, 2017 on Psalms 136


Psalm 136
2 Samuel 6
We only have a few more lessons we're going to do out of psalms, just a very few more, then we're going to move onto a new series. I have 3 or 4 I'm contemplating I want to do, I haven't completely decided yet, I'm just trying to seek the LORD's face on what would be best for our church at this time.

But tonight, Psalm 136 is the psalm we're going to be looking at, but we're going to turn their in a minute.  We're going to start, I want you to start in 2 Samuel 6.  We're going to talk about that here in a minute.  And we're going to read that passages and verses out of that passage and move to Psalm 136.

Psalm 136 is an interesting psalm, he says 26 times out of there he says that "his mercy endureth forever".  Every verse, everything he said, in the first half of the verse he made a statement, the last half of that verse everytime it was "his mercy endureth forever".  And we're going to talk about that but first, let's look at the cirumstances surrounding this psalm.  So lets pray here and we'll get started.

Father bless this time tonight, I pray you use it, I pray it be helpful and you give us a little something from thy word that would be a blessing to us and to our church and to your people. In Jesus name, amen.

We're going to start off here: the ark of the covenant was a piece of furniture that God had talked to Moses about how to make and what to make and what it was to entail and was a piece of furniture that was about 2.5 feet wide, about 2.5 feet high, and about 3.5 feet long, made out of shittim wood and overlaid with gold and had rings on the side that they would put a gold pole through to carry it and be carried by 4 men.  In this box, this chest, had a gold lid, and ontop of that lid it had 2 cherubims.  Cherubims were a type of heavenly creature, there's several in the bible.  We know about angels, we know about seraphims, we know about cherubims and things like that.  It had 2 of these cherubims facing eachother with wings pulled forward and they were ontop of this ark.  They called it the ark of the covenant.

Now the ark of the covenant became a very significant piece of furniture.  It represented the presence of God.  Everywhere that the children of Israel went, they were told that they were to have that ark go infront of them.

It's a great bible study to take some time and look at it.  If we were to treat our God the way they treated that ark we would probably get a lot further.  Everywhere they went, the ark went first.  God outta be leading our steps, everywhere we God outta be the one going first of all.  He lead them.  Everytime they went into battle, the ark of God went first.  The ark of God was the place where God himself, his presence dwelt, called the shechinah glory, where the presence of God was.

Inside the temple, you came into the outer court of the temple, you had your alters, they brazen washen pot, all these things.  You came inside it you had your table of show bread, your candle sticks and so on.  But as you got towards the back of the temple you got what was called the holy of holies separated by a very very thick, several inches thick vail, and on the inside of that little tiny chamber, that little room, through that vail, there was one thing, it was the ark of the covenant.  And that was where God himself, if you will, his presence resided.  Annually the priest would come in, the high priest would come in and they would take and kill a lamb, take that blood, and he would go into the holy of holies and put the blood on that alter in the presence of God, and the fire of God would suck up that blood and accept taht sacrifice.  In so doing it was a signification that the peoples sins had been attoned for another year.  The priest would then come out of that temple, he would... the people would almost be standing around waiting in anticipation and quietly, and eagerly, wondering what would the high priest say this time.  And he'd come out and lift his hands and he would say "It is finished", and the people would cheer and one more year their sins were attoned.  

And so, this ark of the covenant was a very precious piece of furniture, inside the ark, there where three main things.  They had the original ten commandments, or second copy if you will: the ten commandments that Moses penned from mount Sinia.  They had a pot of manna that was in there that God miraculously feed the people with while they were in the milderness.  And they had arrons rod that had budded, we won't get into that... but if you remember the people were rising up against Moses and wondered why he was the leader and they all threw their rods in a pile and the one that budded signified that that would be the leader, and Aarons budded, and they began to follow Moses and Aaron... but anyway... They put those three things inside that box, the ark of the covenant. Now the ark, everywhere that the people went, that Israel went, that ark was suppose to be there, it was suppose to lead their way.

Well as you know, King Saul became the first king of Israel.  And after a very short amount of time of being the king, he began to stray and go away from the things of God.  He was not following God's commands, doing everything the way God said and eventually God had enough.  God pulled his hand off of Saul and said I will no longer be your guide, my presence will no longer be with you, you'll be on your own, and I'm placing my presence on another man; and of course we know that that was David.  And God placed his hand on David and said "David you'll be that next king of Israel someday".

But it didn't take place right away, Saul continued to be the king.  And in the twenty ninth year of his reign, the philistines came in and invaded the land.  When they invaded the Israelites the first thing they went after was the ark of God.  It just seemed like that everywhere the ark went, the people had blessings.  I mean if the ark was there, they were blessed financially, they where blessed with health, they where blessed in battle.  Everything was.... And by the way, the same is true today, when you have God's presence you'll be blessed.  It doesn't mean you'll have no problems; it does mean you'll be blessed.  It doesn't mean you'll never have a trial or a heart ache but it does mean God'll be with you through the trial and bring you through the heart ache and you will be blessed.

And so they came in, they attacked the Israelites and the first thing they got, they got ahold of the ark of the covenant and they stole it.

They get back to the Philistine land, excited as they were, and they put that ark up there alongside of Dagon, their other fake god.... Listen: there is no magic in the ark, there was magic in the God of the ark.  Nothing special about the ark, but there was something awfully special about the presence of God that resided in that ark.  And so they put this ark in the same room as their god dagon... and it's so funny the next morning dagon had fallen over on his face... this stone god worshipping the ark of the covenant.
They come in the next morning and they had to pick their god back up:  I'm glad I don't have a god I gotta pick up ya know?  But they pick their god back up and set him back up.  The next day they came in and he fell over again this time he had his hands and feet cut off.  

The blessing that the Israelites had with the ark of the covenant, to the same degree the philstines had a curse because of the ark of the covenant.  And they kept that ark for seven months and the finally said "Look, I've had enough: we can't do this anymore."  So they took that ark and got rid of it, they sent it out of their town.  They sent it to a place called Bethshebesh.   When it got to Bethshebesh, the people there got curious;  so they went and opened the ark and God had told them "Look dont even..." We'll find in a little while at one place God didn't even want people touching the ark.  But they went over and opened the ark to find out what was inside and as a result God killed over 50,000 people, as punishment for opening that ark.  Boy God's serious sometimes you know he got pretty serious.  So after that happened then the people said "Look, get this thing out of our town too, we don't want this ark around us either".

And then the ark was placed in the house of a man named Abinidab.  The ark was placed there at his house and it stayed there for the next 13 years that ark stayed there.

Saul continued the rest of his kingship without the presence of God and without the presence of God.
Finally you know Saul was killed in battle, David ends up being ushered in and once David took over the throne his first political move, his first administrative policy that he did was that he said "The first thing we're going to do is bring the ark back to town.  We're going to go get God, and we're bringing God back home.  That's the first thing we're going to do".

Now we pick it up there in second Samuel chapter six, and that's were we are now in the story: second Samuel chapter 6 verse 1.

2 Samuel 6:1    Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.
2 Samuel 6:2    And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubim.
2 Samuel 6:3    And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart.
2 Samuel 6:4    And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark.
2 Samuel 6:5    And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.
2 Samuel 6:6    And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.
2 Samuel 6:7    And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.
2 Samuel 6:8    And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this day.
2 Samuel 6:9    And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, How shall the ark of the LORD come to me?
2 Samuel 6:10   So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.
2 Samuel 6:11   And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obededom, and all his household.
2 Samuel 6:12   And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness.
2 Samuel 6:13   And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.
2 Samuel 6:14   And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.
2 Samuel 6:15   So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.
2 Samuel 6:16   And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.

And lets stop right there.  David now, Michael was his wife, was Saul's daughter, but David had won her through a battle of killing Philistines and then she became his wife.  But the ark now had been gone for 13 years from Israel.  

David gets on the throne, he says "The first thing I'm doing is I'm going to go get God and bring him back".  He goes and gets the ark of the covenant to bring it back to into town but as they went in they put the ark on a cart and as the oxen went across the rocky territory it began to shake and Uzzah reached up to stabalize it... very interested to me how Uzzah wasn't trying to do wrong, he wasn't trying to disobey God; he was trying to do a good thing.  But God killed him because he disobeyed, he did something he should not have done and God took him very serious and God ended up striking him dead right there.

I like what David said, the Bible says "David was afraid of the LORD that day".  You know David was a very human, very much human like we are.  He got afraid of God... ...matter of fact the bible says what God did displeased David.  So what.  So what it displeased David, we should be worrying about displeasing God.  But the truth is we gave a whole lot of prayer requests a little while ago, and if some of those things don't turn out the way you want them to turn out it will displease you.  And we get displeased sometimes when we disagree with God.

David, got a little upset I think.  He was displeased with God, he was afraid of God.  He said "I'm not bring that ark back into town like this".  And so he took the ark and he left it there in a place with Obedium.  David went back.  Wasn't long after that someone brought word "Man you should see Obediums place, since he brought God home man: his farms are producing double, all his kids started to turn out right, his animals are more healthy than they've ever been, he's got more money than ever... man that place is just booming over there!".  And David said "Maaan, I gotta go get that ark".

So he gets all these men together and says "Lets go!" and they got back and they get the ark... ... and I like this, we won't get into it tonight, but the Bible says he lined them all up, he got them ready, he had all the singers, 30,000 people I think it was there... can you imagine what it took to organize 30,000 people.  30,000 men, all organized.  They got all in their lines, they got all their music ready, all their singers ready, they all got organized into their different sections and decided who's going to stand where, and where the ark of God would go.  They all get ready to go and the Bible says they took off and they took six steps.  One, two, three, four, five, six... David says "WHOOAAA!!!: Let's just stop right there! I gotta have a speel man!"... And he started jumping and shouting and praising God and saying "WHEW! Hey man! Gods coming home boy!"; and he was excited.

You ever just get excited that way?  You know ... you don't get excited for the things of God but if you were to shoot a moose you'd get excited amen... and so man, he got excited.  He got back... ... they brought that ark all the way back into town but as they came back into town, David is walking and leaping and praising the LORD and he's jumping up and down and he's shouting and he's just having a speel saying "THIS IS IT!  This is how you start a brand new administration as the King of Israel, this is how you do it: with the ark of God!".  Boy he was excited.

Then, out of the window looked his jezebel wife: Michael.
She looked out that window and said "Uggh, what an embarassment.  King acting like a fool... new king? He's the new king?  Look at how he's acting out there.  He's acting like a fool"... and so she got embarassed.  But he brings in that ark, gets that ark into town and it is assumed that somewhere right around tha time, maybe later that evening, David went home, went back to some chamber somewhere, or maybe he went and got alone and ran outside of town.  He pulled out his pen, and he penned Psalm 136.

Now take your bibles and go to psalm 136.
About that time he penned this beautiful, beautiful Psalm.  
They say they sang it often responsibly, whenevever the ark of God went into battle they would often sing Psalm 136.
Whenever the temple is moved and the follow the ark of God they would sing Psalm 136.
Psalm 136 was a big deal because it represented one thing: We got God back, we got the ark back.

Psalms 136:1    O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Twenty six times he makes that statement: For his mercy endureth forever, for his mercy endureth forever, for his mercy endureth forever.
This was a Psalm they say was sung somewhat responsibly.  Half the people would cry out, and they would sing: "Oh give thanks unto the LORD for he is good", and the people... the other half would respond "For his mercy endureeth forever"... Then they'd come back and this half would say "Oh give thanks unto the God of gods!" ... for his mercy endureeth forever... and they'd come back and say "Oh give thanks to the Lord of lords" ... and this crowd over here would say "For his mercy endureeth forever".  And they would go through that psalm back and forth, back and forth, together: talking about the mercy of God.

What is mercy?
Mercy is not giving somebody what they DO deserve.
Grace is giving somebody something they don't deserve.
Grace is coming by and saying: "Hey, you do not deserve a new bicycle, but I'm going to give you one" - thats grace.
( Caleb you don't deserve a new basketball; but if I give you one, thats grace - but I'm not... your right ).
Now if you're bad at school, and you deserve spanking, and you get home, and dad says "I'm not going to give you what you deserve today" - thats mercy.

Now the Bible says God was showing mercy here: His mercy endureeth forever.
Do you know what we deserve as God's people.
We deserve to be despised.
We deserve for God to look down on us and say "Thats just gross, your disgusting to me, stay away from me, its repulsive who you are: I can't even look at you".
You know what we deserve.
We deserve that every prayer request we gave a little while ago, and everytime you get on your knees to pray, and everytime you bring a petition to God, you know what we deserve?  We deserve for God to look down and laugh at us and say "Yeah right! HA.  Wouldn't do anything for you." - that's what we deserve.
We deserve to be banished from the presence of God,
we deserve to be ignored by God,
we deserve to be punished.
Everytime we do something wrong we would deserve it if God just reached down and 'smacked!' us one.
We deserve to be in hell for all time.
But his mercy endureeth forever, isn't that good? His mercy endureeth forever.

So when you and I go to pray, God looks down and says "You know what, you don't deserve this at all.. but my mercy endurs forever, so I going listen to you in prayer".
We say "God we need your help", God says "You don't deserve my help, but my mercy endures forever: I'll give you my help." - and thats the greatness and the mercy of God that he gives us what we do not deserve.

Thats why when we are in heaven, if you're saved, and you're in heaven for all eternity, guess what? It's because His mercy endures, not just for a little while, not just long enough to get you there, not just to keep you there for a while, but His mercy endures forever and thats why our salvation is for ever.

So look at Psalm 136, and I want you to look at few things here tonight:
In the first place, look at verse one:

Psalms 136:1    O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Verse two:

Psalms 136:2    O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.

The first thing I want to say is we out to give thanks for God's mercy.  We outta be thankful for it.
You know I don't know how you operate, I don't know, I'm sure we all do different things.... but I just find myself talking to God all the time.  You know I get up in the middle of the night, and if I get up in the middle of the night to go get a drink and I walk the house I just, as I stumble down the stairs, I just thank God, I say "Thank you God for saving me.  Thank you for giving me a place to live.  Thank you for caliing me to preach.  Thank you for all ... God thank you!" - because His mercy endureth forever.  We outta be sooo greatful for God's mercy.  We don't deserve to be alive.  But it's his mercy, that's why we're alive.  Thank God for that.  You don't deserve to have anything good happen in your life.  You say "Well you don't know what bad happened today, something bad happened".

Yea one bad thing happened look at all the good things that happened.  Even in the midst of our worst things, there's alot of good things: because His mercy endureeth forever.
I mean too often we just take God for granted.
You ever think about that, we just take God for granted.
We take it for granted that the water goes up into the sky through the circuits of the cloud and returns back to the earth.... and the water goes through the dirt.  And the dirt is the best filter in the world.  And it filters all that... a Brita filter couldn't do as good as God's filter.

What is that they say Bro. Brad?  That if you find a stream... is it twenty feet of gravel?  Fifteen?  Fifteen feet to twenty feet of gravel.  If you have that much gravel in the stream, its safe to drink.  Because that water has gone across that gravel that far: God purifies it.  God purified it.

Think of the all the stuff ( I'll leave it right there ), that gets dumped on the ground... and as it makes it way down to the water .., you can now drink it again.  We take that for granted.

We take it for granted that you go to bed tonight, and we don't sit there and say "OK Heart, beat, beat, beat..." No it does it on its own.  We take it for granted.

We take it for granted: Do you ever stop and think about going to the grocery store.  I do, I think about this.  Went to Kentucky fried chicken.  Say "Uhm yea I'll take a ten pieace"... and then look around to see if anyone else wants anything.

You get a ten piece.
Do you know how many chickens gave their life for you to have a ten piece?
If you go there and "I'll take a bucket of drum sticks", and you get twenty drum sticks... ten chickens gave their life so you could have twenty drumsticks.  But hold on a secound.  
How many people are there.
When we go down to the store we think nothing about it.
They got boxes and boxes of chicken legs.
We'll go by and grab a couple things of chicken legs and then go home...
Then the guy behind you does the same thing, then that guy, and everyone who wants chicken legs...
"Hey we need more chicken legs"
Then they go back and grab more chicken legs.  That's just one store!
In one little town.

All over America.  People are going to the store today to get chicken legs!
And we take it for granted.
Who created those chickens?
Who makes those chickens grow so fast that you could eat them?
Have you ever thought of that.
Have you ever thought.... you go there, theres shelves and cases and shelves of green beans; year around!We don't just get fruits and vegetables in certain seaons, we get them year around. Why?  The goodness of God, don't take it for granted.  Look, stop throwing food away!  Our house, we don't throw food away, we'll go get it out of the trash can and eat it! Its precious!  To think of how good God is!  But we take it for granted.

We take it for granted that you don't have to go and take a lamb, and take it and cut the wool, and go home and make your own shirt.  You just go to wal-mart and buy one!  Hey the goodness of ( give thanks for )  Gods mercy!
It's Gods mercy that has those animals grow.
It's Gods mercy that has all the crops grow.
It's Gods mercy that gives us clean air.
And it's Gods mercy that filters the water.
It's Gods mercy that gives us animals to live.
Hey give thanks for what Gods given to us! Don't take it for granted: It's a mercy of God endureeth forever.

Too often, we accuse God, and we accuse Him when things don't go our own way.
If something doesn't go our way:  "Oh Gods just so mean to me!"...
And we're fools, we don't realize: Maybe God is teaching us something.

Maybe God looks down: "No no no no, you think I'm being mad right now but actually I'm being so good to you; you don't see it right now, but you'll see it someday.  Someday you'll see just how good I really am." - for his mercy endureeth; Thank God for his mercy.

Number 2, look at verse 4:

Psalms 136:4    To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalms 136:5    To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalms 136:4    To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalms 136:5    To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalms 136:6    To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalms 136:7    To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Psalms 136:8    The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Psalms 136:9    The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Listen: Think of all the natural blessing we have from God simply because of His mercy.  Its Gods mercy that had the sun come up in the morning.  Its Gods mercy.  The bible says he brings the wind out of his treasures; and we curse it?  We curse the wind. And yet its Gods treasure.

We get mad at the rain, but God said "Hold on, my natural blessing is my natural blessing because of my mercy (that it rains)".
And the trees grow and circulate oxygen, and give us fresh oxygen all the time!
They say that there's enough trees in a very small forest theres enough trees to produce enough oxygen to take care of the whole world. Isn't it amazing (that Gods mercy endureeth forever)?
The animals live because of his mercy for us.
The food grows because of Gods mercy for us.

And thats what God here says: We gave thanks because of His mercy.  And all his natural blessings.  All the natural things of the world are because of Gods blessings.  And even the unsaved benefit from the blessings of God - His mercy endureeth forever.  What a merciful God we have.  

Go back to Psalm 136; look at verse 10:
Psalms 136:10   To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Psalms 136:11   And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Psalms 136:12   With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalms 136:13   To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Psalms 136:14   And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Psalms 136:15   But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalms 136:16   To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalms 136:17   To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Psalms 136:18   And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Psalms 136:19   Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Psalms 136:20   And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever:

Of all of the great miracles that are ever done are because of: Gods mercy endureeth forever.
How many times have we had a prayer request, how many times we come to God and we say "God I need this", and God answers your prayer, you know why? It's his mercy.  He gives us what we do not deserve.

Theres all kinds of special things that happen.  Thats that we dont...
I call them answers to unprayed prayers.  Theres things that if you knew it was going to happen you would have prayed for it but you didn't pray for it because you had no idea.  And what happened?
God blessed you.
God stepped up and saved you from a car accident.
God took and reminded you of something that you had totally forgot about, and it was a very important thing at work maybe?  And God brought it to your attention like "Man I didn't even know about that!", but His mercy endureeth forever.

God is so good us: those great miracles: sometimes we'll look at things: "Amazing you're not going to believe this story its unbelievable!"; why? His mercy endureeth forever.

( Psalms 136:21   And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Psalms 136:22   Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever. )

What a great God we have!

Look at verse 23:

Psalms 136:23   Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:

You know what that means?  He remembers us.  That means he thought about you.  That means: He loves you.
You weren't... ever have someone get mad at ya?  
[ Maybe while driving? ]
They dont know who you are, they probably forgot by the time they get to work.
How many people have done something stupid to you?
By the end of the day you can't even remember about it?
You know why?  Those people aren't important to you.
But God says: He remembers us.
Because his mercy endurs forever.
God looks down and says "You're important to me.  And I remember you, I thought about you".

[ Whenever I go out shopping I find myself always thinking, and remembering my wife... ]

You know what God does? He remembers you; because his mercy endureeth forever.
I wonder how often God is going through his...
[ the other day I was going through my shed, and I came across a box I forgot about... I opened it up and I thought Caleb will like this! ]
I wonder how often God is going through his junk up in Heaven and he says "Oh Roy would like this, give Roy this blessing over there... OH I found something Ms. Sandy is going to like... HEEY, GABRIEL, take this down to Sandy she'll like it" - He remembers us.  Because His mercy endureeth forever.
You know you make a prayer request and you say "I've got an unspoken!", Maybe no one else knows what it is, but God knows what it is :)    ... God knows what it is and He remembers you! You know why? BECAUSE HIS MERCY ENDUREETH FOREVER!  What a truth.

Look at the next verse:

Psalms 136:24   And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Do you know why you're saved today?  Do you know why you're redeemed?  Because His mercy endureeth forever!  Aren't you glad that when you sinned God didn't just crumple you up and throw you into the pit of hell? No! His Mercy endureeth forever!  What a great God we have.

One of the great aspects of the fruit of the Spirit is this: Mercy.
God says when I take my holy spirit, and I put my spirit inside of you... He's going to bring forth some things; He's going to bring forth some joy, and peace, and longsuffering, and temperance... but one of those things he's going to bring forth is mercy.  You know, God wants you and I to be like him, and be merciful.  If God's mercy can endure forever, maybe our mercy could atleast exist.  Maybe our mercy could atleast exist.

When somebody lets you down, why don't we exercise mercy.
"Well they don't deserve my mercy!"
And you don't deserve God's mercy.
So you what we can go ahead and give a little mercy.
You can let them know "Ah yea ya let me down but don't worry about it".

[ I was at the table and heard from my eldest child ... when your child breaks something of sentimental value or something expensive, have mercy. ]

We need to start being ...
When somebody hurts your feelings, you ever thought of being merciful to them?  Somebody hurt you or let you down you ever think "You know what I think I'll just kind of let them off the hook, maybe I'll have a little mercy on them... maybe they don't deserve it because of what they did, but maybe, I can have a little mercy on them".  God wants us to be like him and be a little more merciful.

When somebody accidently does you wrong.
Or they purposely do you wrong.
Have you ever thought that maybe you should have mercy?
Extend a little bit to them?
Because God told us that's a fruit of the spirit; mercy. Mercy.

It was Gods mercy that took our sins away.
This is so funny to me.
Somebody can be a theif, evade taxes, litter, graffiti public property, curse and swear, rob your house, flatten your tires, I mean... they could murder people, rape ya, they could be the worst trash of society.  And they come to God and God forgives them, and His mercy endureeth forever... ...and God... Not saying theres no punishment for sin, not saying there isn't natural consequences for sin, but Gods mercy endureeth forever for them.  And yet, one person will say one thing you and I don't like and bless God we're going to hold their feet to the fire for all eternity?  And God forgave them but we can't?  God let them off the hook but you and I bless God we won't let them off the hook?  Let's have some mercy.

[ President Coolage had mercy on someone who broke into his room at night ]

Why can't we be a little more merciful to each other?

[ A mother came to napolean and asked for mercy.  Napolean said your son doesn't deserve mercy.  The mother responded "Well if he deserved it than it wouldn't be mercy" ... Napolean then freed her son ]

Hey what would happen if God's people decided "our mercy will endure forever"?
We're so unmerciful to eachother, let's have some mercy.
People expect their Pastor to be merciful to them.
I mean you skip church or you're late or you run into his car in the parking lot or you spill coffee all over the pew or you know you don't fulfill your obligation and you don't show up for your ministry or you get made and loose your temper and cus everyone out.  The Pastor is expected to have mercy on you.  Have you ever thought of mabye what would happen if you had mercy sometimes on your Pastor?

You know... hang on... this'll shock ya, but your pastors not perfect.  I'm going to make mistakes.  I'm going to get mad.  I'm going to chew somebody out and then find out two weeks later that it wasn't them that did it.
Let's all exercise mercy.
( Psalms 136:25   Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever. )

What a great truth and look how it ends:
He ends the same way he started:

Psalms 136:26   O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Lets be thankful for Gods mercy. Lets be thankful.