“All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies (Psalm 25:10).”
I don’t remember when I first became aware of this little phrase, repeated seventeen times in the Old Testament. I only know that it has brought me much comfort over the years, every time I read it… It is a powerful testimony of the attributes of God in His dealings with Man; a perfect juxtaposition between Mercy and Truth… always the one with the other.
David uses it most often; it is found in the Psalms, eleven times. David’s son, Solomon, uses it four times in the Book of Proverbs… It first appears however, in the Book of Genesis, where Abraham has sent his trusted servant back to their homeland in Mesopotamia to find a wife for his son Isaac. When the servant is miraculously led to Rebekah, the very woman who is to become Isaac’s wife, he praises God for showing him and his master, mercy and truth… (Genesis 24:27). By the “Law of First Mention,” we can determine that those who will obey God’s Word and seek to fulfill His commandments will experience mercy and truth in their own lives.
David speaks to the extent of these attributes in Psalm 57:10, where he declares, “For thy mercy is great unto the heavens and thy truth unto the clouds.” In Psalm 86:15, we are told that “God is full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.” They are vast, beyond measure… Indeed, in Psalm 100:5, David declares, “For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”
Solomon warned his son to “not let mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart. (Proverbs 3:3).” We are reminded, “do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good (Proverbs 14:22).” Indeed, it is “By mercy and truth iniquity is purged; and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil” (Proverbs 16:6). Therefore, we are to exhibit mercy and truth in our own lives, in our dealings with others… Jesus told us, “Be ye merciful, as your Father is merciful (Luke 6:36),” and reminded us that “the truth shall make you free (John 8:32).”
We all want God’s Mercy in our lives; but it always comes with God’s Truth… You cannot have one without the other! God has indeed provided a path to His infinite mercy, but it can only be found in God’s truth… Jesus made this extremely plain when He told the disciples, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the father, but by me (John 14:6).”
Folks, we will not find God’s mercy any other way! There cannot be hundreds of paths to this mercy, else truth is not truth… God’s mercy is found in God’s Son; He is “the way, the truth, and the life…” When we accept His Truth, we will receive His mercy, both for our daily trials and struggles, and at the end of our Path, when that mercy matters most…