New King James Version (NKJV)
10 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth,
To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.
When read in reverse, “To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies, all the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, this verse explains itself.
This verse doesn’t mean that God is only merciful or loving to those who follow Him.
That would be more of a conditional love and situational kindness. God is love and he is full of mercy (compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm) and there is no other variation of who He is.
The covenant that we have is through Jesus Christ and our testimony is that He is God and has brought to us salvation by His blood. Every change in us and every good thing that happens to us is laid out on the path of our obedience.
As we walk in our covenant with God and believe the goodness of His heart, we become more like Him and we are drawn toward Him. Being closer to God exposes us to His favor, protection, mercy, and truth.
The light of God and the light within us attracts us to each other.
As we walk in communion with our Lord we are secure and safe under the umbrella of his presence. In this position we reap the goodness that surrounds Him. It is a natural occurrence.
But as we step out of His protection and no longer live within the safety net of his loving boundaries, we prevent ourselves from having access to His mercy and truth because we have stepped away; we have separated ourselves from all that He offers.
I would rather remain in the care of His bosom then to have everything I think I should have.
His mercy and truth keep me in peace and strengthen me to be able to live in this world.
Challenge: call on God’s mercy and truth. Draw near to God and keep yourself in His presence by praying and reading the Bible and crying out to Him.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.