Rejoice and Be Glad in Mercy

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 Psalms 90:14: O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

Psalm 90 is a prayer written by Moses, and in verse 14, he is requesting in his prayer to be satisfied early with God’s mercy. The purpose for mercy is “that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” Mercy means the withholding of judgments and/or punishments that are rightfully due us because all men are sinners. Yet God’s mercy can cover us, giving the believers reason to rejoice and be glad. Without God’s mercy upon our souls, life itself could become too stressful, but as we recognize His mercy upon us we can also reciprocate from our innermost beings our heartfelt joy and gladness.

In Psalms 31, David talks about a time in his life when he simply forgot about God’s mercy, thus he lost any joy or gladness until he remembered the mercy of God. Below we can read some of David’s thoughts:

Psalms 31:7:  I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou {God} hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;

God knows the troubles that we go through in life, He knows us so intimately that the Bible says He has numbered the very hairs on our heads. Yet even though we do not walk perfectly, God covers for our shortcomings and sins by not only giving us mercy, but also showing mercy to our inner souls so that from within we may be glad and rejoice.

Psalms 31:8: And {God} hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.

Our God is a refuge from the storms of this life, and can rescue us, setting our “feet in a large room,” meaning the opposite of being grasped in the hand or encased with the devices of our enemies. This is the mercy of God upon our lives, thus David continues:

Psalms 31:9–10:
-9:  Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.
-10:  For my life is spent with grief {without acknowledging and accepting Your mercy I am without joy and gladness}, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine inequity, and my bones are consumed.

This Psalm goes to the heart of so many Christian people who refute God’s divine mercy, when all the while God is beseeching us to accept His mercy (Romans 12:1–2), as David had finally done.

Psalms 31:21–24:
-21:  Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city. {God’s “marvelous kindness” is His mercy, and in a “strong city” is being in a walled city with protection.}
-22:  For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications {prayers} when I cried {prayed} unto thee.
-23:  O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.
-24:  Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

David finally realized that all he had to do was to accept God’s mercy and God could take his fears and anxieties from being encased by his enemy’s hands to placing him not only in a large room, but also in a walled and protected city. God’s Mercy gives us plenty of reasons to have Gladness and Rejoicing within our very souls.