March 9 Lenten Devotion: Have Mercy on Me, O God
Mar 09, 2012
Have Mercy on Me, O God
Psalm 51:1-17 (Click here to Read)
For me, Lent often comes at a perfect time for a new start. Memories of failed New Year’s resolutions are still fresh enough that, I think if God will wipe the slate clean just one more time, I can take another shot at ‘getting my stuff together’ – at renewing that spiritual fervor, nipping that pesky sin, acting out that conviction. It’s a theology of “try harder.” This season– when Christians remember the God who loved us all the way to the cross – becomes a self-improvement regiment. Not in Psalm 51. David’s contrite prayer calls upon a God who goes far beyond merely giving us one more chance. David and God both know that David needs more than a fresh start; he needs a God whose mercy upholds his life. He needs a God who is mercy. When we read this psalm of Israel, we are invited to surrender to God our whole selves. We are invited to gaze on Jesus, the one who has already prayed this prayer for us and who is God’s answer to this prayer. We are freed to look with joy upon His merciful work. And when we are so freed, we can see Jesus’ surprising and subtle work in the world, in our neighbors and even in our lives.
Prayer: Merciful Lord, in this time of Lent, turn us toward your prayer for us, Jesus Christ. Amen.