The Mercy and Wrath of God

Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.
Psalm 2:12, NKJV

Consider today the great mercies of God that have been poured out upon you. It is because the Creator has stepped into His creation and bestowed lavishly His grace and His mercy that we are not consumed. Lamentations tells us that it is because of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed. His lovingkindness towards us are new every morning.

Here in Psalms we find a great contrast of these mercies to God’s wrath. Judas kissed the Son unto judgement, but we are invited to kiss the Son in His mercy. Judas betrayed the One who came with mercy and forgiveness. His kiss of betrayal brought guilt and judgment.

The scepter of God’s mercy has been extended to you in the cross. The blood of forgiveness has been applied to the mercy seat. Access into the holy place–the very presence of God has been given. Come today and find mercy for your life.

The grace of God will transform your life. Kiss the Son and find that nearness to His heart will compel you deeper into His love. Kiss the Son and hear His heartbeat as it beats in compassion for you. Kiss the Son and feel the breath of His Spirit upon your cheek. Kiss the Son and know that place of intimacy and change for yourself.

As there is great mercy at the throne of God for you, there is also great wrath towards those who do not come with a kiss of humility. Like Mary who anointed the feet of Jesus, you can kiss the Son in worship, or like Judas you can kiss the Son in betrayal.

Oh the fierceness of the wrath of God that is upon those who do not kiss the Son in worship. Jonathan Edwards had quite the ability to describe this wrath of God:

The wrath of God is like great waters that are damned for the present. They increase more and more and rise higher and higher, till an outlet is given. The higher the stream is stopped, the more rapid and mighty is its course when it is let loose. If God should only withdraw His hand from the floodgate, it would immediately fly open, and the fiery floods of the fierceness and wrath of God would rush forth with inconceivable fury. They would come upon you with omnipotent power. Even if your strength were ten thousand times greater that it is–even ten thousands times greater than the strength of the stoutest devil in hell–it would be nothing to withstand or endure it.

The greater of understanding we have of the fury of God’s wrath towards sin the greater value and appreciation we have for His mercy and salvation. As we read in Scripture about His holiness, righteousness, grace, and justification–let us not forget the great fires of hell that burn towards sin. Let us continually come before the Lord, and kiss Him in our worship, knowing how great a salvation we have been given. We have left the kisses of betrayal behind and embrace the Son with great affection.

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