Christian Pilgrim


46. Tender Mercies

In the following verses, "tender mercies" are equated with "lovingkindnesses" and are applicable to the elect only:

Psalm 25:6 - "Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old."

Psalm 40:11 - "Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me."

Psalm 51:1 - "Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions."

Psalm 69:16 - "Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies."

Psalm 77:9 - "Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah."

Psalm 79:8 - "O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low."

Psalm 103:4 - "Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies."

Psalm 119:77 - "Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight."

Psalm 119:156 - "Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments."

But God shows some kind of benevolence to all His Creation, men and beasts. This leaves men even more without excuse of course:

Psalm 145:9 - "The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works."

The only other verse in which the phrase is mentioned is with regards to the wicked's "tender mercies," which are cruel:

Proverbs 12:10 - "A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel."

This as least proves that the phrase "tender mercies" in and of itself is not solely connected with the elect, but it is the same as a general benevolence, or "compassion," which God has to all men, and all men can have to each other to some degree.