A Cry for Mercy

O Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief. Psalm 143:1

In today’s passage, David pleads with the Lord to hear his cry for mercy. He asks God to come to his relief because he knows God is faithful and righteous. Oh, how often I have done exactly what David did in this passage. I have pleaded to the Lord for mercy because of my sinfulness, the struggles that surfaced in my life, serious illnesses that were laid at my doorstep, and challenging situations that were out of my control. And my Lord, in his faithfulness and righteousness, always came to my relief.

In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians he says, “In Him, and through faith in Him, we may approach God with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:12).” What a tremendous blessing it is to be able to approach God with our prayers, our cries for mercy, our pleadings for forgiveness, and our seemingly exhausting requests for daily needs. However, according to Paul, we have the freedom to do this and the assured confidence that God will hear our requests. What a glorious gift of grace it is to be able to approach God with all our troubles, concerns, and needs!

I love the way Oswald Chambers depicts the perfect relationship with Christ in his book, My Utmost For His Highest, when he writes, “Keep your life so constantly in touch with God that His surprising power can break through at any point. Live in a constant state of expectancy, and leave room for God to come in as he decides.” And how do we do this? By being in a constant state of prayer and always listening for, waiting for, and expecting our Lord’s reply.

No matter what you are facing today, if you are His child, you have the freedom to approach God with your requests and the assured confidence He will always listen to your pleadings. Remember, He is a faithful and righteous God who will come to your relief. So pour out your troubles to Him and He will listen to your cry for mercy!

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