September 3, 2021

Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you — you are my God. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day. Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace. In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me.
There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God. (Psalm 86:1-10)
When it comes to our relationship with God, what do you think we need the most? What is it that we need above anything else as we approach God? The answer I believe (me personally) is mercy. The thing is, God’s grace and mercy are companions. We cannot experience the grace of God without mercy, and we cannot experience the mercy of God without grace, both follow hand and hand. You may be wondering what mercy is? Mercy is God giving us what we do not deserve. We need mercy. It is at the heart of every Christian’s faith.
Mercy is a word Christians need and use a lot. We use mercy in our prayers. We use mercy in the songs of worship we sing. Mercy is a word that we have become so familiar with that I wonder if we totally understand it and if we have become desensitized to the impact God’s mercy has on our lives.
For instance, there are twenty-seven psalms that focus on mercy and our need for it. How important is it? Mercy is something we need every time we sin (v. 5a), “For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,” and it is something we need every day of our lives. Thankfully, God’s mercy has no limit (v. 5b) says, “abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.”
When we sin, we can cry out to God for His mercy and forgiveness (vs. 3, 5) tells us, “Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day.”, and “For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.” Moreover, when we do sin, it breaks our fellowship with God, so we must confess our sin and receive God’s mercy for forgiveness (1 John 1:9) tells us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Every time we do this, God extends His mercy to us. He washes us clean and completely removes any record of our sin.
Lastly, God’s mercy is guaranteed to all those who call out to Him (v. 7) tells us, “In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me.” Truthfully, there is little guaranteed in the world we live in today. How refreshing that David gave us a glimpse of the character of God when he said, “I will call upon You, for You will answer me” (v. 7) states. In David’s mind, there was no doubt that God would not extend help, strength, assurance, forgiveness, or whatever he needed in David’s mind.
Friends, this should take us all to our knees in worship of our Great God Who does wondrous things (v. 10) says, “For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.” The question is, is there any doubt in our
Father, please clear my mind of any doubt, fear, worry, sadness, despair, lust, temptation, envy, jealousy, malice, pride, and anything that breaks Your heart. Please aid me in becoming a better person daily as You walk with me.
I know it will not be an easy task, Lord, but trust that You will give me the strength to overcome, I know it! My flesh may be weak, but You God are strong, and I push my doubts aside at the sound of Your Great Name. Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><

 

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