"For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds" (Psalms 57:10; 108:4).
The words "mercy" and "truth" are connected numerous times in the Old Testament, especially in the Psalms. These references are sources of spiritual refreshment to the believer.
- God's mercy and truth are extended to those who are in obedience to His word. "All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies" (25:10).
- God's mercy and truth are directed toward those in distress. "He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. . . . God shall send forth his mercy and truth" (57:3).
- God's mercy and truth are more than ample to meet any spiritual need. "But thou, O LORD, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth" (86:15). "For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever" (117:2).
- God's mercy and truth are met together in Christ. "Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other" (85;12). The truth is, man in his unrighteous state could never find peace with God on his own. It was therefore necessary for Christ "to be made sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him" (II Corinthians 5:21). Receiving, by faith, Christ’s righteousness, through His sacrificial death on the cross, will result in mercy and peace being extended to the one who believes.
- Believers should give praise and glory for God's mercy and truth. "Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy and for thy truth" (115:1). "For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting, and his truth endureth to all generations" (100:5).