The Lord Is Merciful

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A hymn on the mercy of God from the series of hymns titled "The Lord Is"


The Lord is merciful and kind; His heart is full of pity.
He fills the hungry with good things and satisfies the thirsty.
The one without a friend
He rises to defend
And shows His tender care
To people everywhere.
How lavish His compassion!

The Lord has saved us from sin's pow'r according to His mercy;
When we were helpless and oppressed, He looked on us with pity.
The merciful High Priest
Approached the mercy seat,
And through His sacrifice
Paid our redemption's price
To demonstrate His kindness.

The Lord will comfort all who come to Jesus, the Redeemer,
So we will lay our burdens on our kind and mighty Savior.
Since God has shown us care,
The gospel we will share
As we meet others' needs
Through prayer and word and deed.
O praise His sov'reign kindness!

By Eric Schumacher & David L. Ward
© 2010

Scripture References

Reference format: A.B.C where A = Hymn number, B = Stanza number, C = Line number
12.1.1a Deuteronomy 4:31 "The LORD your God is a merciful God."
12.1.1b Titus 3:4 "...the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared..."
12.1.1c Judges 2:18 "The LORD was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who afflicted and oppressed them."
12.1.2 Psalm 107:9 "For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things."
12.1.3-4 Psalm 68:5 "Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation."
12.1.5-6 Psalm 145:9 "The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made."
12.1.7 Lamentations 3:32 "[God] will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love"
12.2.1 Titus 3:5 "[God] saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy"
12.2.2 Psalm 72:13 "He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy" Romans 5:6 "While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly."
12.2.3 Hebrews 2:17 "[Jesus] had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people."
12.2.4-6 Heberws 9:12 "[Jesus] entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption."
12.2.7 Ephesians 2:7 "[God saved us] so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus."
12.3.1 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction ... as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too."
12.3.2 1 Peter 5:6-7 "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you."
12.3.3-6 2 Corinthians 9:12-13 "The ministry of [your] service [to the poor] is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. ... [The poor] will glorify God because of your submission flowing from your confession of the gospel of Christ." Titus 3:14 "Let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need"


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