“Have mercy on me, O Lord,
for I call to you all day long.
Bring joy to your servant,
for to you O Lord,
I lift up my soul.
You are forgiving and good,
abounding in love
to all who call to you.
Hear my prayer, O Lord;
listen to my cry for mercy.
In the day of my trouble
I will call to you,
for you will answer me.”Psalm 86: 3-7
Peace and good to all.
The above verses are part of David’s prayer to God.
The text of the prayer of David is very similar to what we say to God in our daily prayer and in communion with our Father, especially when we ask for God’s mercy.
We ask for God’s mercy for Him to enter into our situation. For Him to carry us and save us, in the situation where we call Him to be. And, because we know that our Father is full of mercy and love for us – His children, we know and believe that when we call on Him, He will be there, He will save us.
We for sure could not remember anymore the countless times we have asked for God’s mercy and the countless times He showed His mercy to us. We have cried so many times and asked Him to help us, and He did, He did many times, right? Actually, sometimes it is because that we know that God is merciful that we tend to commit sins because we know that God will forgive us. But did we not know too that sin separates us from God? That God will not answer us when we call on Him if we are in the state of sin.
“Then they will cry out to the Lord,
But He will not answer them.
Instead, He will hide His face from them at that time
Because they have practiced evil deeds.”
“But we know that when we repent and ask for God’s mercy and forgiveness, God will hear us and He will save us. He will save us from the wages of sin which is death and He will give us instead salvation and eternal life. “
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
We are all weak. We are all vulnerable. But with Jesus, our weakness would become our strength. Remember, 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
God’s mercy is akin with forgiveness. And, the benefits of forgiveness is peace, love and joy.
God be with us all.