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Have Mercy on Me, Lord

Date: May. 15, 2021

Passage

Psalm 41:1-13 (ESV)

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

  Blessed is the one who considers the poor!
    In the day of trouble the LORD delivers him;
  the LORD protects him and keeps him alive;
    he is called blessed in the land;
    you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.
  The LORD sustains him on his sickbed;
    in his illness you restore him to full health.
  As for me, I said, “O LORD, be gracious to me;
    heal me, for I have sinned against you!”
  My enemies say of me in malice,
    “When will he die, and his name perish?”
  And when one comes to see me, he utters empty words,
    while his heart gathers iniquity;
    when he goes out, he tells it abroad.
  All who hate me whisper together about me;
    they imagine the worst for me.
  They say, “A deadly thing is poured out on him;
    he will not rise again from where he lies.”
  Even my close friend in whom I trusted,
    who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.
10   But you, O LORD, be gracious to me,
    and raise me up, that I may repay them!
11   By this I know that you delight in me:
    my enemy will not shout in triumph over me.
12   But you have upheld me because of my integrity,
    and set me in your presence forever.
13   Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting!
      Amen and Amen.

Daily Bread

Key Verse: 41:4

  As for me, I said, “O LORD, be gracious to me;
    heal me, for I have sinned against you!”

1. Those who have regard for the weak (1-3)

When David was in the service of Saul, he often had many people following him. He never turned them away. He learned God's deliverance in those times. He saw God's protection and blessing on the weak and troubled, and so he learned the lesson of having regard for the weak. When we practice godly compassion for the weak, we learn God's blessing very personally.

2. May you have mercy on me, LORD (4-13)

David sought the LORD's mercy. He came to God confessing his sin and repenting. He knew that there were many enemies who desired his downfall. Even a trusted friend turned on him. But David prayed first for mercy. He saw the mercy of God as the everlasting source of life and hope. He believed the LORD would forgive his sins so that he might dwell in the presence of God forever. Such was his hope.

Prayer: LORD, you have regard for the weak and mercy on sinners. Help me to treat others with godly compassion and live with eternal hope in your mercy.

One Word: God is merciful to the weak

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Daily Bread

Have Mercy on Me, Lord

Psalm 41:1-13

Key Verse: 41:4

  As for me, I said, “O LORD, be gracious to me;
    heal me, for I have sinned against you!”

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