A Prayer For Mercy

A mother once approached Napoleon seeking a pardon for her son. The emperor replied that the young man had committed a certain offense twice and justice demanded death. “But I don? ask for justice,” the mother explained. “I plead for mercy.” “But your son … More

Mercy

The psalmist lifts his eyes to God, waiting and watching for Him to send His mercy (v. 1). The more he waits, the more he cries out to God, realizing that the evil and the proud offers no help as the only thing they have is contempt for God (vv. 3-4). Our Lord Jesus has taught us to look unto God in prayer as our Father in heaven. In every prayer a true Christian lifts up his soul to God; especially when in trouble. We desire mercy from him; we hope he will show us mercy, and we will continue waiting on him till it comes. The eyes of a servant are to his master’s directing hand, expecting that he will meet his need through his supplying hand (v. 2). Servants look to their master or their mistress for their needs to be met in due season. And to God we must look for daily bread, for His grace is sufficient; from him we must receive it thankfully.

Where can we look for help but to our Master? And, further, to his protecting hand. If the servant is wronged and injured in his work, who should make things right, but his master? And to his correcting hand. Where  should sinners turn but to him that smote them? They humble themselves under God’s mighty hand. And lastly, to his rewarding hand. Hypocrites look to the world’s hand, thence they have their reward; but true Christians look to God as their Master and their Rewarder. God’s people find little mercy with men; but with the Lord there is mercy. Scorning and contempt have been, are, and are likely to be, the lot of God’s people in this world (v.4). It is hard to bear; but the servants of God should not complain if they are treated as his beloved Son was. Let us not faint under trials, but look unto Jesus, and by faith and prayer cast ourselves upon the mercy of God.

Application

I am so thankful for God’s mercy. It is only by His mercy and by His grace that I am saved. If I got what I deserved it would be eternal separation from God, in Hell for ever.

Psalms 123:1-4 (English Standard Version)

To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens! Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, till he has mercy upon us. Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us, for we have had more than enough of contempt. Our soul has had more than enough of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contempt of the proud.

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