Day Three: Mercy, God, Mercy!

Psalm 123:2b-3 (MSG/NIV)

We’re watching and waiting, holding our breath,
awaiting your word of mercy.
Mercy, God, mercy!
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us

“The basic conviction of a Christian is that God intends good for us and that he will get his way in us. He does not treat us according to our deserts, but according to his plan…He is a potter working with the clay of our lives…until, finally, he has shaped a redeemed life, a vessel fit for the kingdom. “Mercy, God, mercy!”: the prayer is not an attempt to get God to do what he is unwilling otherwise to do, but a reaching out to what we know that he does do, an expressed longing to receive what God is doing in and for us in Jesus Christ.” [Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction]

Exodus 33:19b says, “… I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” What does this reveal about God’s nature?

What does the psalmist expect to receive from God?

Prayer is “reaching out to what we know that he does do, an expressed longing to receive what God is doing in and for us in Jesus Christ.” How should this change what we ask in prayer?

Today, bring each of your life concerns to God and cry out, “Mercy, God, mercy! Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us.

– CH

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