In the year 2000, Donnie McClurkin released a song entitled, “Great Is Your Mercy.” It received plenty of radio air time and a dance group that I was a part of ministered to it. The popularity of the song paralleled in comparison to the heavy rotation in my car where my worship was in full effect. In the year 2000 I was in graduate school working on my doctorate, newly divorced, in single parenthood, working full time and still maturing. Not surprising that there required a need to remain focused on God’s mercy – day after day. Fast forward fifteen years, my car worship remains in full effect. While riding to church with my daughter, we listened to “Great Is Your Mercy” on the radio on our way to Sunday service. She said, I like the part when he says, “Oh yes you are.” I was so tickled because I realized that she must have placed that lyric and portion of the song deep inside. After all, it’s not as though that song is played as often as it was 15 years ago. Somewhere between after school care, church, the NCSU library, fast food restaurants and the playground, she made space in her head and spirit for “Oh yes you are!” Funny, how she said willed it to be just when I needed to be reminded.
The lyrics that precede “Oh yes you are” are “Forever faithful towards me,” and indeed he is. In the midst of disappointment, difficulty, despair and even detention, God is faithful! He is never far away despite the situation at hand or on deck. Five months into 2015 and I’ve found him to be faithful through my marriage, my job, my family, my ministry, my prayer life, my worship and my mistakes. Even at my level best, I am not as faithful to God as he is to me. But he is building my faith, because with every challenge placed before me, provides opportunity for me to place my trust in him deeper than before. Its a good time to stand upon 1 Peter 5:10: “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” I’m getting stronger as I type, and prayerfully, you are getting stronger as you read.
As so many saints have said before us, nothing comes to God by surprise! Praise God! For no matter how connected I may be in prayer, armed with a strong sense of discernment, sometimes I’m taken off guard. Its in those moments I may have to come to the realization that my disappointment may be more connected to having expectations of people rather than God. How might I expect someone just as jacked up as me on any given Sunday (or Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday…you get the point) to give me what only the Creator may extend? I’m grateful to have relationships with other people, but nothing can replace the Holy Trinity operational in my life. I’m particularly grateful for mercy because everything could always most certainly be a different way. Mercy is what God grants despite us, despite what we’ve done, despite what we think, just despite!
Faithful? Oh yes you are! Trustworthy? Oh yes you are! Sovereign? Oh yes you are! Loving? Oh yes you are! Healer? Oh yes you are! Deliverer? Oh yes you are! Confidant? Oh yes you are! Holy? Oh yes you are! Peace? Oh yes you are! Miracle worker? Oh yes you are! Whatever you need him to be, fill in the _______, he is! I love the song, but I don’t need it to be reminded. I’m going to carry that into this week and put every care and concern and doubting spirit under the hand of God with a “Oh yes you are!” I challenge you to sing along!