God’s “mercy endures forever” is repeated in every stanza of today’s Psalm. I can hardly wrap my head around God’s mercy, much less the idea of “forever,” except to know it’s a long time. Have you ever noticed the younger we are, the slower time passes? We all know the children’s backseat chorus, “Are we there yet?” As we age, time passes more quickly, it seems, until we consider how long forever must be. For God, time is irrelevant. God has been merciful throughout all of time—before we were born and continuing for centuries to come. The psalmist knew the difficulty of grasping the inexhaustible mercy of God, and with each repetition, we are again astonished. God calls us, too, to be merciful—not just one day or to those who say “I’m sorry.” With grateful hearts, we ask forgiveness and forgive one another every day.
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