Saturday, March 11, 2017

Psalms 41:4 -- On Mercy and Healing

"I said, Lord, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee."
Psalms 41:4

I like this verse because I think it captures one of the greatest mercies that God shows us.  Like the prodigal son, we so often take all the blessings that God has given us and utterly waste them on selfish pursuits and even throw God's gifts back in his face, refusing them and thinking that we know better.

And, still... and always, when we finally come to ourselves, and we ask for mercy and healing and admit how wrong we were, he doesn't throw our actions back in our faces.  He doesn't chastise us and tell us how much we disappointed and failed him.  Instead, he reaches out and heals our brokenness, and tells us how much he loves us, and supports us in trying again to do better.

Today, let's reach out to God for his mercy... and when we get our second (or third, or hundreth) chance, let's really be better.  Let's get help from God to not only change our actions, but to change our minds and our hearts, so we don't even want to go back.  Let's finally see that with God everything is better, and that without him we're lost and wandering.   Let's choose to be found, and be thankful for our healing souls.

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