Worship Wednesday – Thy Mercy, My God

Worship WednesdayWhen you struggle with OCD, it can feel like you never get anything right. Each sin can haunt you for years. I have sins from when I was six that I still feel a short pang of guilt when I first remember them. I know I’m forgiven, and after the snap reaction of feeling guilty, I can breathe a sigh of relief.

But anxiety isn’t one of those one-time-fix things like a broken bone or an organ transplant, where you read the Bible and it’s fixed forever. Anxiety comes at you again and again. The fight is constant, and the war won’t be won until we’re on the other side of Heaven.

Still, this constant war provides a unique opportunity for those of us with anxiety that we might not experience otherwise. As much as my sins nag at me, the mercy of God is even greater. God’s mercy floods me with relief over and over and over again. I’m weak on my own, completely insufficient in seeing hope on my own. But through the grace of God, I’m able to experience the thrill of knowing God’s forgiveness without limit.

The song for this week is one of my favorites. I’m going to focus, however, on the third verse.

Thy Mercy, My God

Sanda McCracken

1. Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song,
The joy of my heart. and the boast of my tongue;
Thy free grace alone, from the first to the last,
Hath won my affections, and bound my soul fast.

2. Without Thy sweet mercy I could not live here;
Sin would reduce me to utter despair;
But, through Thy free goodness, my spirits revive,
And He that first made me still keeps me alive.

3. Thy mercy is more than a match for my heart,
Which wonders to feel its own hardness depart;
Dissolved by Thy goodness, I fall to the ground,
And weep to the praise of the mercy I’’ve found.

4. Great Father of mercies, Thy goodness I own,
And the covenant love of Thy crucified Son;
All praise to the Spirit, Whose whisper divine
Seals mercy, and pardon, and righteousness mine.
All praise to the Spirit, Whose whisper divine
Seals mercy, and pardon, and righteousness mine.

That’s exactly how I feel when I experience God’s mercy again and again. It feels all the tension in my body just dissolves. I can weep with joy for the relief I find in Christ. It’s not just that God’s forgiven my past sins; it’s that Christ has been good enough for me. I will never be perfect until I get to Heaven, and with the grace of God, I can tell my OCD that it’s okay. And the promise of that is what draws my heart to obey Him in a way that would not otherwise be possible.

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