The Multitude of Thy Mercy
The path was well-worn. It was so familiar he could walk it all the while looking up into the majestic display of God’s presence. Enoch knew the presence of God. Enoch’s voice must have been tuned to the same harmonies of devotion as the psalmist. As he walked with God, he must have done so in the morning with prayers directed up to God. He was looking up to the Lord so much that God took him.
However, the foolish have no audience with God and the workers of iniquity do not receive blessings but only wrath from God. The Lord abhors the bloody man. “What has thou done?” God asked Cain, a man whose hands still dripped with the blood. The access to divine instruction and guidance Cain once knew was now inflamed with righteous vengeance on behalf of Abel.
I wonder if the psalmist had men like Enoch and Cain in mind as he wrote this psalm? In Psalm 5:7, his will is to enter God’s space, but he didn’t presume he was fit to enter on his own merit. No, he would enter God’s house because of the multitude of His mercies. This is where Cain erred and Enoch succeeded. When God confronted Cain, his countenance changed. Cain was displeased. Why? He deserved better. He deserved the presence of God on his own terms. Cain’s heart was disclosed by his sacrifice. Many times we are examining the sacrifice one brings as if there’s some mystical method to the madness of approaching God. It is not the sacrifice you should investigate. It’s the heart you should interrogate. The only way anyone can enjoy the presence of God is by walking the same path of humility Enoch and David trod. When asked why they should be allowed audience with the God of heaven, the humble serf cries out, “Only according to the multitude of thy mercies.” To walk with God, forget not the path of humility.
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