Compassed About With Mercy

By Laura Ferguson


I have a two year old, and it won’t surprise you that it is painstakingly difficult to tell him where to go and when to do it. He has his own ideas and his own timeline and if you get in the way of that he’ll drop to the ground faster than you can say, “wet noodle”. The strong-willed are hard to lead.

And isn’t that true of us?

“Be not like the horse or the mule, which lack understanding, which must have their mouths held firm with bit and bridle, or else they will not come with you. Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but he who trusts in, relies on, and confidently leans on the Lord shall be compassed about with mercy and with loving-kindness.” -Psalm 32:9-10 (AMP)

I just love the word-picture here. I see that stubborn mule in my son, and I see it in myself too. But how beautiful to be compassed about with mercy and loving-kindness!

“[The magnetic compass] functions as a pointer to “magnetic north“, the local magnetic meridian, because the magnetized needle at its heart aligns itself with the horizontal component of the Earth’s magnetic field” (Wikipedia). We have a magnetic North and He is the One true God. Our hearts are meant to point towards Him always, leading us into His presence and keeping us aligned with His will. There are forces always working to keep us from Him, and we will at times need a bit and bridle to get back on track, but this is what we were designed for. Wikipedia goes on to say, “The needle is mounted on a low-friction pivot point… so it can turn easily.” With Christ, forgiveness is always low-friction. It’s actually non-friction because He paid it all. And it’s because of this that we have the ability to turn easily and be led with mercy and loving-kindness.

So if you feel a little bit more like a mule than a compass today, spend some time with your God, and let Him remind you that the pivot point is Christ and that the transition is a smooth one. He will bring you back into His mercy and love.

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