Have Mercy

King David was a man after God’s own heart. It seems as he, like me, wore his heart on his sleeve. He was melancholy much of the time. He poured out his feelings to God, good or bad. To the Lord of Hosts, David brought praise, honor, and glory, but he also brought anger, depression, shame, and sin as well.

God’s mercy is given, but I never want to take that for granted. There is a parable that Jesus taught in Luke chapter 18:10-14 about a Pharisee and the tax collector who went into the temple to pray. The Pharisee was proud in his prayers, boasting, and even in his prayer maligning the publican. Yet, the tax collector beat upon his own breast and cried out, “God be merciful to me, a sinner!”

This is the closest verse I can find in regards to a prayer for salvation. All our good is as “filthy rags” compared to the goodness of The Almighty God. We must acknowledge that we fall short of God’s glory. We need His mercy. So with this song I have cried out to the judge of eternity – the only one who can extend mercy, forgiveness, and lead me to heave. “God be merciful to me a sinner!”

Have Mercy
Kaci Rigney 2000

Lord, have mercy on me
Have mercy on me
For I am so unclean
There is no good in me
Lord, have mercy on me
Have mercy on me
For I am so unclean
There is no good in me but by Your grace

Lord, have mercy
Wash me completely
Let no evil dwell in me
Let Your grace abound
Lord, Have mercy
Wash me completely
Let no evil dwell in me
Let Your grace abound to me

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