Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Lord Have Mercy

O Lord, have mercy and 
be gracious to me! 
O Lord, be my helper!
Psalm 30:10

These days have been psalm days.
My heart has been able to connect
with the cries of the psalmists.
There is a song by Brady Toops
that echoes the cry in Psalm 30.
It has been my cry as well.
These are days when all I can do is ask
the Lord for His mercy and grace.

When I come to You in prayer,
Lord have mercy
And when I wonder if You're there,
Lord have mercy
When I cannot find the way,
Lord have mercy
Should my heart my heart begin to stray,
Lord have mercy

When I lay me down to sleep,
Lord have mercy
And when the road ahead gets steep,
Lord have mercy
When I falter, when I fail,
Lord have mercy
May Your kindness still prevail,
Lord have mercy

When I see Your promises,
Lord have mercy
Knowing well that I am blessed,
Lord have mercy
Oh may I never cease to ask,
Lord have mercy
Til' I breathe my very last,
Lord have mercy
Grateful for psalmists of this day
who can express in song
the cries of our heart.
And allow truth to sink into 
the depths of our soul.

1 comment:


    In the days of His earthly life, Jesus offered up both [specific] petitions and [urgent] supplications [for that which He needed] with fervent crying and tears to the One who was [always] able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission toward God [His sinlessness and His unfailing determination to do the Father’s will]. Although He was a Son [who had never been disobedient to the Father], He learned [active, special] obedience through what He suffered. And having been made perfect [uniquely equipped and prepared as Savior and retaining His integrity amid opposition], He became the source of eternal salvation [an eternal inheritance] to all those who obey Him, being designated by God as High Priest according to the order of [b]Melchizedek.

    Concerning this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull and sluggish in [your spiritual] hearing and disinclined to listen. For though by this time you ought to be teachers [because of the time you have had to learn these truths], you actually need someone to teach you again the elementary principles of God’s word [from the beginning], and you have come to be continually in need of milk, not solid food. For everyone who lives on milk is [doctrinally inexperienced and] unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a spiritual infant. But solid food is for the [spiritually] mature, whose senses are trained by practice to distinguish between what is morally good and what is evil. [Heb. 5]

    But in fact, I am filled with power, With the Spirit of the LORD, And with justice and might, To declare to Jacob his transgression And to Israel his sin.

    Now hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob
    And rulers of the house of Israel, Who hate and reject justice And twist everything that is straight, Who build Zion with blood [and extortion and murder] And Jerusalem with violent injustice.

    Her leaders pronounce judgment for a bribe, Her priests teach for a fee, And her prophets foretell for money; Yet they lean on the LORD, saying, “Is not the LORD among us? No tragedy or distress will come on us.”

    Therefore, on account of you Zion shall be plowed like a field, Jerusalem shall become [b]a heap of ruins, And the mountain of the house [of the LORD] shall become like a densely wooded hill. [Micah 3]

    “BEHOLD, I AM LAYING IN ZION A CHOSEN STONE, A PRECIOUS(honored) CORNERSTONE, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM [whoever adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him] WILL NEVER BE DISAPPOINTED [in his expectations].”

    This precious value, then, is for you who believe [in Him as God’s only Son—the Source of salvation]; but for those who disbelieve, “THE [very] STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED HAS BECOME THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE,” and,
    “A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE”; for they stumble because they disobey the word [of God], and to this they [who reject Him as Savior] were also appointed.

    But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A CONSECRATED NATION, A [special] PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies [the wonderful deeds and virtues and perfections] of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were NOT A PEOPLE [at all], but now you are GOD’S PEOPLE; once you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.
    [1 Pet. 2]