When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up. In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul. (Ps 94:18-19)~~ When we consider our own guilt; the number of flaws we have; the bad choices we make, it’s easy for us to feel like we are not deserving of God’s love; His graces; His mercies. We sometimes have perplexed and distressed thoughts concerning God. We even come to feel like our sufferings, trials and tribulations are the result of His chastisement. But the devil is a lie! If God were inflicting punishment on us for our infirmities, first of all we would be dead because the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23); the purpose of Jesus’ death was unfulfilled; and His entire intent for walking the earth was a lie; if God is seeking to inflict punishment on us for our behavior then why did JESUS die? Only let us look to the great and precious promises of the gospel. That man is blessed, who, under the tender mercies of the Lord, is taught His will and his truths, from His Holy Word, and by the Holy Spirit. He should see God’s mercy through his sufferings. There is a rest remaining for the people of God after the days of their adversity, which shall not last always. He that allows the trouble, will send the rest. God’s comforts bring that peace and pleasure which the smiles of the world cannot give, and which the frowns of the world cannot take away. God is our refuge, to whom we may flee, in whom we are safe, and may be secure. Yes, even in our guilt, He is merciful. WHILE we were yet sinners, Christ died for us!