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The Overflow of Mercy

Overflow occurs when a bottle, glass and or receptacle is filled beyond its capacity with a liquid substance. When you’re going through the drive thru of a fast-food restaurant on a hot summer day, you want your drink filled to the brim. Yet, due to company policies, most chains leave an inch at the top to avoid spilling cups in a customer’s lap.

They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness. 24 The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being (my inner self); therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him, Lamentations 3:23-24.

One Old Testament prophet attempts to explain the overflow of God’s mercy. Building upon a concept introduced in Psalm 103:11-12. David shines light on the infinite mercy that God possesses. This quantity is so extreme that its’ as far as the east is from the west. To those who have received a glimpse of God’s mercy, via prayer, it’s something that you’ll want over and over again.

The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him, to those who seek Him [inquire of and for Him and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God’s word]. 26 It is good that one should hope in and wait quietly for the salvation (the safety and ease) of the Lord, Lamentations 3:25-26.

In the attached song, Casting Crowns sings about a physical well which Jesus speaks about in Matthew 11:28-30. The message in this passage refers to unloading your burdens at the feet of Jesus on your own. As sinners’ approach Jesus in prayer, the overflow of God’s mercy becomes achievable. Yet, this overflow can be immediately ceased if you don’t forgive others who trespass against you.

by Jay Mankus


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