Rejoicing in the Mercy and Judgment of God

Michael Beck

“I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.” (Psalm 101:1)

Forgiveness does not mean unaccountability. We can forgive someone and still want justice to be served. The determination to see an offender held accountable should proceed out of a desire for them to come to repentance and others to be protected from them until they do.

God is not perversely gleeful in having to punish anyone. The Lord’s mercy and compassion is great. Because of His merciful heart, He is unwilling for any to perish; but that will not stop Him from sending the unrepentant and unregenerate to an eternal prison-house, where they will never be able to hurt anyone again.

Don’t take pleasure in the death of the wicked; but rejoice that the God of mercy and judgment will one day remove all wickedness from the earth. Receive His mercy so you will be part of the company He allows to remain. Pray for those who have not yet received God’s mercy and are presently in line for His judgment.

“For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.” (Proverbs 2:21,22)

“They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:9)

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.