Hello, God has given me something in Psalm 123:3 which says:
“Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us,
for we have endured no end of contempt.”
The Psalmist is asking God to have mercy on them. He asking not because he’s saying he’s perfect, but because they, “had endured no end of contempt”. He was asking God to be merciful to them because they had endured continuous contempt. Is that the way it works? If you have been persecuted you can have mercy on you?
Look at Jesus. He was persecuted till he actually wept tears of blood! He asked God to take this cup away from Him. He was persecuted to the point of dying. Not just dying, but enduring all the sins of the world! And then He was crucified on a cross! He had never done anything wrong, and yet He died the death of a criminal! He loved us so much that while He was on the cross, He prayed for God to forgive us. He is so loving! John 15:13 and Romans 5:7-8:
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)
“Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:7-8)
We could have begged for mercy, and not gotten it. But, Jesus came down and gave us mercy, and died on the Cross for us. Praise God!
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for giving mercy to us. Thank You for loving me so much that You sent Your son or me. Thank You for making me Your child. Please help me to love You more, and praise You more. Please help me to spread the Gospel to others who need Your love and mercy. Thank You for giving me new life, Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland