MERCY AND TRUTH

Psa. 85:10 Mercy and truth have met together;  Righteousness and peace have kissed. 
As many times as I have read the scriptures, they still leave me amazed. This scripture penned about 1000 BC is crammed full of Christ. David describes the marriage of mercy and truth. In the natural world, mercy and truth are as far apart as east is from west. Mercy speaks about second and third chances. Truth cries for justice. These two realities are irreconcilable. We all know that God is merciful and expects us to be merciful. We also know that God is just and holy and expects the same from us. Balancing both comes only by revelation. David is pointing to the only place mercy and truth can come together, at the cross of Christ. Obviously, the cross displays the mercy of God. Christ died to save sinners. Also, the justice of God is seen at the cross. Sin was judged, Christ represented us and was judged by God at the the cross. Here are some thoughts from Adam Clarke on this powerful verse. 
“This is a remarkable text, and much has been said on it; but there is a beauty in it which, I think, has not been noticed. Mercy and peace are on one side; truth and righteousness on the other. Truth requires righteousness; mercy calls for peace. They meet together on the way; one going to make inquisition for sin, the other to plead for reconciliation. Having met, their differences on certain considerations, not here particularly mentioned, are adjusted; and their mutual claims blended together in one common interest; on which peace and righteousness immediately embrace. Thus, righteousness is given to truth, and peace is given to mercy. Now, where did these meet? In Christ Jesus. When were they reconciled? When he poured out his life on Calvary.” 
As Clarke points out, the mercy of God brings about the righteousness of God that we receive as a gift. We are declared righteous by God, not on the basis of our lives but by faith in Christ. This beautiful reconciliation brings us to the completion of this promise, the peace of God. We are all troubled when we are away from God. Peace only comes when we are restored by faith in Christ. Think of this beautiful picture; mercy and truth have come together, righteousness and peace have kissed. 

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