God and Sexual Assault

God’s Mercy

God's love, kindness, mercy and faithfulness.

I was reading in Psalm 136 today and it tells of God’s mercy. Do you understand God’s mercy? I don’t know if I truly do most of the time. As I continued to read in my study Bible it discussed that the Hebrew word for “mercy” actually encompasses love, kindness, mercy and faithfulness.

That begins to register more with me especially if you picture how Jesus was as He walked this earth. He was all of those things.

Psalm 136:1

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

His love endures forever.”

Put in the words that it represents in Hebrew and that reads, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, His love, kindness, mercy and faithfulness endures forever.”

As trauma survivors this is something we long to feel and know. The act of sexual trauma is so devastating it tears away at all the “core” beliefs one is supposed to have in life. That you are loved unconditionally, and to receive the faithfulness of family, kindness and mercy. None of this is shown in the act of these traumas.

The Psalm continues and describes many things that God has done, creating the heavens and earth, parting the sea, and freeing us from our enemies. Through it all it says “His love endures forever” or “His love, kindness, mercy, and faithfulness endure forever.”

“He remembered us in our low estate
His love endures forever.

 and freed us from our enemies.
His love endures forever.”

Psalm 136:23-24

I foolishly thought for most of my life I didn’t have enemies, but we all do. Enemies aren’t necessarily people who fight against you physically or even verbally. They can be people who abuse you, take advantage of you, hurt you, or who aren’t looking out for what’s best for you.

As we think about who our enemies are today, let’s pray for God, our Father to show us His love, mercy, faithfulness and kindness. That we can see it so we can show and tell others what He has done in our lives.

Father God,

Thank you for Your love, mercy, kindness, and faithfulness. I am blessed that You have begun to show me who You truly are. Please help my life show this to others and allow me to lead them to You and all that You have for them. Continue to guide my healing and allow me to be free from the bondage of my trauma. May You receive the glory from my life.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

© 2020 Susan M. Clabaugh. All Rights Reserved.

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