Have Mercy On Me, O God


MATHEW GILBERT

21449-mercyThree of the hardest words in the whole world to say are, “I am sorry.” When we are caught doing something we shouldn’t, or some of our wrongdoings are brought into the light, the last thing we want to do is come to them with our tails tucked between our legs saying those big words, “I am sorry.”

I’m convinced the biggest giant David faced wasn’t named Goliath, but Hubris. David wrote Psalm 51 right after he was caught in the act of hiding beneath a monstrous snowball of sin he had compounded. What we learn from this psalm is that we cannot hide anything from God. But also, we have a God who simultaneously judges our sin and justifies us in our sin.

In Psalm 51:1-2, David cries out in prayer, “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my…

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