“Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of His, and GIVE THANKS at the remembrance of His holiness.
For His anger endureth but a moment; in His favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
~ Psalm 30:4-5
What does God’s holiness have to do with God’s mercy?
In our text, We are encouraged/instructed to “GIVE THANKS at the remembrance of God’s Holiness” (v. 4) because of God’s mercifulness, as described in v. 5.
When we consider God’s holiness we recognize God’s glorious perfection in righteousness and our shameful sin-induced disfigurement in our unrighteousness. And we cry:
“What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?” ~ Job 7:17
“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” ~ Psalm 8:4
It is in that moment when we are overwhelmed by our abject sinfulness before the pure holiness of The Almighty, that we are instructed to remember His mercifulness and GIVE THANKS.
God is Holy, but He will not be angry with us forever, for “in His favour is life”. God will discipline us for our sin, but “…joy cometh in the morning”! Hallelujah!!! GIVE THANKS!!!
Many of us struggle with sin in our lives and with that struggle comes shame and a sense of worthlessness. Eventually, we question whether God will even come near us, whether God could even work through us. Sometimes we get so low, that we pull ourselves away from serving Him, because we feel so unlovable. When we come before God in prayer we find nothing to GIVE THANKS for, because our “sin is ever before” us (Psalm 51:3).
But God is merciful:
“He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.” ~ Psalm 103:9
It is when we consider God’s mercy that we are able to GIVE THANKS. As we consider God’s holiness and our comparative sinfulness, let us never lose sight of His mercy. And thereby let us GIVE THANKS!