When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up. – Psalm 94:18
Meditation: When was the last time you slipped up? A year ago? A month? A week? Today? I venture that an honest assessment would reveal that you and I have slipped up or sinned very recently. Being an obedient follower of God is hard. Actually it is impossible for us alone.
When confronted by the absolute difficulty of following Jesus following a discussion with a young man, the disciples said to the Lord, “Who then can be saved?” The Lord’s reply says it all, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:25-26). Without the intervening grace of God and the work of His Spirit, we cannot enjoy Him. We cannot be saved in this world or the next.
The psalmist here recognizes our natural tendency to fall away. It is the Lord that holds us up when we slip. It is His cleansing power by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that washes away our sins. Without Him, we would be lost forever, doomed to death and hell. “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not” (Lamentations 3:22).
Call To Action: Remember the Lord’s mercy today. Look back on the last few hours, days, months and years and number the times where His mercy prevailed. Praise the Lord for His mercy and extend the same to your brothers and sisters.