Thought For The Week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

O satisfy us early with Thy mercy.  Psalm 90:14

This was my reading early this morning, very early, when the world was still in darkness and the house quiet.   Often on a Monday morning I feel very drained spiritually after a busy weekend of meetings and ministry.  The thought of being satisfied in the early hours is a lovely thought.  Satisfied spiritually!  Satisfied deep within, but with what?

Satisfied in the presence of God in those still quiet hours.  The word says 'satisfy us early with Thy mercy.'  I looked up the meaning of the word mercy, to try and shed some light on my thoughts.  The dictionary said 'compassion or forgiveness shown towards someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm.'  To be satisfied with the mercy of God surely means to know you are forgiven; His compassion is towards you.  The God who could harm or punish us because of our foolish choices and wrong ways has instead turned His mercy towards us.  We are satisfied with His mercy because we know our sins are forgiven us.  What a wonderful early morning thought!

The rest of the verse goes on to say 'that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.' No wonder the Psalmist could rejoice in God, knowing his sins were forgiven and the mercy of God was turned towards him.  Let us also seek to know this early in the day, early in our life that we may rejoice and be glad ALL our days!