August 11, 2021

August 11, 2021

Author: Pastor Gordon Cook
August 11, 2021

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me."

Psalm 51:1-5

If pastors were to be wordsmiths, you have got to study words. Every Christian should be a wordsmith; every Christian should understand the words in their Bible. There are a lot of words that are of extreme importance if we are going to understand the gospel of Christ, understand who God is, and understand who Christ is. Some of those words are words like covenant, glory, and grace. Also words that take us to the cross. There are at least four or five significant words that we should understand if we are to understand what Christ accomplished at the cross - propitiation, reconciliation, redemption and sacrifice. Those are key words. There are also key words for Christ, titles for Christ, priest, prophet, king. There are also words that we should make use of when it comes to God himself. God’s attributes. One of the most important words when it comes to coming to prayer is the word mercy. Remember when Moses wanted to see God’s glory, God makes a revelation to him, he hides him in the cleft of the rock and passes before him. The first thing that God says to Moses is, “The Lord God, merciful…”

Look at Psalm 51 written by David after his terrible backslide; it shows us that he came to a place of true repentance. David had messed up big time; he had committed scandalous sins of adultery, murder, a web of lies to cover his tracks and it seemed like there would be no way back. Some people would have written off David. But David clings to God’s mercy, like a drowning man clings to a life jacket. Twice, some might argue three times, in fact, he makes mention of his mercy. Verse 1, “Have mercy according to your steadfast love, (that steadfast love could also be a term for mercy or a concept of mercy) abundant mercy.”

When you turn to the book of Hebrews, remember that passage where we are told to draw near to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy. God is a god of mercy, he is a god of grace and he loves to dispense grace and he loves to dispense mercy. Mercy is for poor, needy helpless sinners. That is why you have the lepers crying out for mercy. They couldn’t heal themselves, they knew that. We are always in need of mercy. We are always in need of forgiveness. There never goes a day past, Brethren, where we have not sinned against God. We are not even aware of all the times are we, that we have broken God’s law in thought, word and deed.

The good news of the gospel is this, there is forgiveness with God and God loves to forgive. There is nothing God loves to do more than forgive sinners. But if we are shaping our prayers by our Bibles, they should be suffused with thanksgiving, we are to pray always with thanksgiving. We are also to pray daily for the forgiveness of sin. I really think we can forget this, can’t we? We can forget that we are sinners. We are saints but we are always sinners and we are always in need of mercy. We certainly need to ask God to forgive us, that we haven’t loved him as we ought, haven’t served him as we ought and constantly plead for mercy.