October 1, 2012 (Psalm 4:1)
October 1, 2012
‘Be merciful to me and hear my prayer.’ (Ps. 4:1)
God’s deliverance is an act of mercy. David knows that. He also knows that any righteousness of his own comes from such mercy; the king wholly depends upon his King for holiness.
Hope springs from mercy. If a sinner like David can know deliverance from sin through mercy alone, then one has little trouble to cry out for mercy again, whether for oneself and for others. That is helpful to us as we cry out to God on behalf of our corporate sexual immorality. Like David, we remember our own sin, and how mercy alone set us free.
‘When I kept silent, my bones wasted away, and Your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you; I confessed it to You, and You forgave the guilt of my sin.’ (Ps. 32:3-5)
‘Our hope lies in Your mercy, not in our native righteousness. We can bear the unbearable through mercy alone. We cast ourselves upon Your mercy, the blood and water that flowed from Your sacred heart for us. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we confess our sins of cowardice and compromise. We have violated Your holy commands in regards to what we have done to our bodies and to other bodies. And in our compromise we have become cowards, unwilling to stand for what we know to be true for the dignity of all. We ask that You might have mercy on Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington; uphold marriage in these states, and in our nation, as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on ‘gay marriage.’