THURSDAY 2ND MARCH, 2017 READ – Day: Rom 9; Night: Exodus 39-40
THEME: THE NEED FOR MERCY
TEXT: PSALM 51: 1-13
HYMN: EMHB 681 – God of mercy, God of grace.
Mercy is a nature of God described by David, the Psalmist, as enduring. (Psalm 106:1.) This is a virtue that is expected to be shared by His children because of its potent endearing ability. Thus, it is the strongest nature of God that makes both saints and sinners accessible, without pessimistic mind set, to their creator. Jesus told the parable of a Pharisee and a Jew that went to the temple to pray. While the latter acknowledged his shortcomings and pleaded for God’s mercy, the Pharisee justified himself, making himself holier than the other.
David, a man after God’s heart, understands the password of easy access to Jehovah even in time of inadequacy, that is, after he committed the sin of adultery with Beersheba, and sent Uriah to his untimely death. With a penitent heart, David sought forgiveness for his sin and clean and a new heart to replacing his sinful heart. ‘Hide your face from my sin, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me’
Happily, David did not stumble unto the same sin again till his death. Therefore, we Christians under the dispensation of Grace today must note that it is an abuse of mercy for forgiveness when we repeatedly commit sins or make it a lifestyle. But we can explore God’s mercy of help or intervention into any situation of life when we remain steadfast in Him. In fact, we need His mercy more than any other thing in this regard. Just like Bartholomew, cry to Jesus for God’s mercy, and He will forgive everything. (Mark 10:46-52) we have right access to pray to God through Jesus for mercy having known Him as our Saviour and not just as son of David. Do you now realize that you need more of God’s mercy?
MEMORY VERSE: 1 John 1: 9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
PRAYER: My Father, I come to You this hour with a contrite heart, show me Your mercy in Jesus’ name.