Have Mercy

by Vince Finnegan on March 4, 2007
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'I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men."' "So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.

Psalms 51:1 Convicted criminal stand before the judge. Have mercy on me. We have no grounds to bargain with God. (Exodus 34:6)

Psalm 51:2 1) blot out my transgression 2) cleanse me

1John 1:9

Psalms 51:3&4 His concern was the rift in his relationship with God the the resultant suffering of His city, Jerusalem. He understood the impossibility of cleansing himself.

Psalms 51: 5-19

PSALMS 130:1&2 Stubbornness, pride, fear and the foolishness of man are such that we often must hit bottom before waking up to what should always be obvious WE NEED GODD'S HELP!

He understood that God was not attentive to every voice directed at Him. A proper attitude of heart along with godly behavior are required if we want God to hear and respond. Most people are humble when they find themselves in a dire situation but not all have the right mind set in approaching God for help.

2Chronicles 6:40,42; 7:14

NEHEMIAH 1:4-6 Solomon, Nehemiah, the psalmists, and all spiritually minded men understood the need for repentance, humility, and reverence when approaching God in prayer. They all also understood that if God responded it was due to His mercy, because all were guilty of sin.

Psalms 130:3&4, Isaiah 55:7; psalms 86:5, 103:2&3, 10-12

Psalms 130:5&6 He was like the watchman who waits to be released from duty at the dawning of a new day. He had a deep-seated sense of longing, dependency and assurance. He had passion for his God.

Luke 15:16-24

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