Joshua 15:1-63; Luke 18:18-43; Psalm 86:1-17; Proverbs 13:9-10
Cries for mercy come from many people:
From the blind beggar who heard Jesus was coming near.
From King David who was beset by enemies within/without his Kingdom.
From those whose lives were shattered by bomb blasts in Boston.
From the parents whose children’s lives were cut short at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
What cries for mercy come from your lips today?
“Hear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
Guard my life, for I am devoted to you.
You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you.
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, O Lord,
abounding in love to all who call to you.
Hear my prayer, O Lord; listen to my cry for mercy.
In the day of trouble I will call to you,
for you will answer me.
Teach me your way, O Lord and I will walk in your truth,
give me an undivided heart, that I might fear your name.
I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever.
For great is your love towards me;
you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.
But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
Turn to me and have mercy on me;
grant strength to your servant.”
Psalm 86 Selected verses
Mercy means–God remembers who we are. He remembers His covenant of Grace. He remembers how much we need Him, need His strength, His healing, His love.
Mercy means–Christ gave Himself for us though we didn’t deserve His sacrifice, His blessing.
Mercy means– God’s faithfulness to us.
Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy.
For Jesus’ sake, Amen