Meditating on Psalm 86.
Be merciful to me, O Lord,
For I cry to You all day long.
4 Rejoice the soul of Your servant,
For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
5 For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive,
And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. (Psalm 86:3-5)
Psalm 86 is David’s prayer for mercy. It also speaks of God’s character, that He is a God who is full of compassion, gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth (v. 15).
Like David, I have also known and tasted the wonderful mercies of God. If it weren’t for His enduring mercies, where would I be now? Yes, I will speak of the mercies of God and proclaim His praises. This is the language of my soul.
Have you been in a situation where all of your being cries out for God’s mercy? When all the day long you wait on Him for you know that He alone can help and deliver you from your problems, or suffering, or captivity (by fear, illness, or sorrow, or all of these)? I have. I have known how to hold on to this truth: that God alone is plenteous in mercy. He is a merciful God and I believed with all my being that He would hear my agonized supplications. The words of the psalms have been my comforting companion.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
And attend to the voice of my supplications.
7 In the day of my trouble I will call upon You,
For You will answer me. (vv. 6-7)
Remembering His great mercies every now and then makes me weep in deep gratitude. The night before Christmas Eve was one of these. Before the excitements of Christmas Eve were to come and overwhelm me, I wanted to be near my Savior and just feel His comforting presence and sweet love. I sang praises to Him and looked up to Him in awe, adoration, and heartfelt thanksgiving. For He took away all traces of fear in my heart and filled it with gladness and inspiration; He healed my mind and gave me wisdom; He took away the trembling and revived the dying body so that now, I have strength. Now, I can laugh again, and plan again, and dream again, and serve again!
And on Christmas Eve, we lifted up our hands to heaven and thanked the Lord for all that He’s done, for all that He’s been, and for all that He is to me, to us. The words of thanksgiving were inadequate as always. This was how we celebrated Christmas. And we can keep that spirit all year round when we spend our days remembering and speaking of His love and mercy and celebrating ALL that He is.
All nations whom You have made
Shall come and worship before You, O Lord,
And shall glorify Your name.
10 For You are great, and do wondrous things;
You alone are God. (vv. 9-10)
May our New Year bring abundance of hope, brighter days, and ever more outpouring of His blessings to expand our hearts and grow our love to do His will with all that we are.
Journey with Jesus,