As we make our way through Revelation, contemplating the judgement and mercy of God, we will also consider very similar passages in the book of Zechariah. Zechariah 7 reminds God’s people of His judgement. Even in exile they did not turn from their selfish ways. However, Zechariah 8 will remind us of God’s mercy, for He promises to dwell in Zion once again. The hymns we sing this morning call us to abandon our self-serving hearts of stone. Our prayer today will be that the Lord might move us to act in faith, to wake up to charity, to rise in love and deeds of faith, to show our faith through works of joy.
O God of mercy, God of might, in love and pity infinite, teach us, as ever in thy sight, to live our life to Thee.