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Wednesday, November 27
One of the most beautiful doxologies in Scripture comes from the apostle Paul in Romans 11:33-36. Leaving Paul's doxology in context begs the question, What caused Paul to burst out in these words of glory to God at this point in his letter?
The doxology begins in verse 33. Looking back at verses 30-32 which precede the doxology, we find one dominant theme: the mercy of God. Paul mentions mercy four times in verses 30-32. In Romans 11 Paul is talking about how the wild branches of the Gentiles have been grafted into the root stock of Israel. And in verse 30 he says that all who receive mercy from God do so in spite of their disobedience, Jews and Gentiles alike. And God is committed to such mercy because "the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable" (verse 29).
God's promises are made on the basis of His character, not on the basis of our worthiness. God's mercy is always a good reason to offer praise and worship to Him.
Who shall the LORD's elect condemn? 'Tis God that justifies their souls, and mercy like a mighty stream O'er all their sins divinely rolls.
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