STMA: Grace and Mercy

Psalms 23:6 finishes one of the best known Biblical passages with the words, “Surely goodness and lovingkindness shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

The word lovingkindness is from a Hebrew word that’s rendered mercy in many translations. Mercy is not getting what we deserve; grace (or goodness) is getting something we don’t deserve. Seth Godin had a blurb yesterday that reminded me that God has indeed been good to me. He asks what will I do with this grace that I’ve found? I Corinthians 14:12 is a great place to start… build up the body of Christ! It feels almost MacGyver-ish: I’ve got a small apartment, some free time, moderate musical talent, interest and knowledge in computer science, and the love and grace of my Savior. How can I work so that others will see his glory?