Summary: The love of a holy God
An attorney, after meditating on several Scriptures, decided to cancel the debts of all his clients that had owed him money for more than 6 months. He drafted a letter explaining his decision and its Biblical basis and sent 17 debt canceling letters via certified mail. One by one, the letters were returned by the Postal Service, unsigned and undelivered. Perhaps a couple people had moved away though not likely. Sixteen of the seventeen letters came back to him because the clients refused to sign for and open the envelopes fearing that this attorney was suing them for their debts. How profound! We owe a debt for our sin and God is willing to cancel it but too many people will not even open the letter that explains how.
Beloved there are people that are so overwhelmed with their self inflicted sin that forgiveness is a confusing element in their lives. They find it impossible to understand the extreme merciful hand of God that forgives all sin, see beloved when you decide to turn from sin and walk toward righteousness and repent of your sin God truly forgives and hope is now in plan view, see the truth is without forgiveness there is no hope, no redemption, no joy, no future. You need to know that we serve a forgiving God.
“Bow down Your ear, O LORD, hear me; For I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am holy; You are my God; Save Your servant who trusts in You! Be merciful to me, O Lord, For I cry to You all day long. Rejoice the soul of Your servant, For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.”
??Psalms? ?86:1-5? ?NKJV??????????????
Beloved in order for you to begin to fully understand the mercy of God through Jesus Christ you are going to need to open the letters he left for you in this precious word. There are many people that have missed the enjoyment of salvation, the relief of forgiveness because they have not opened this wonderful book that is full of truth and hope, life and redemption.
1st Point “The heart cries for mercy”
Have you ever cried for mercy? Have you ever been so overwhelmed with your situation all you can do is ask for help and start crying asking for answers and ask God if he is even listening? I have been there and I’m pretty sure many others have been in that same position as well.
In our opening text David is crying out to God for help in time of need. David used expressive language to speak of his need. God in heaven bows His head to earth to hear David's plea for help - David's cry, "Hear me."
Here is David crying out to God in heaven asking with a desperation for him to be heard he said, Lord “Hear me”. He says, “For I am poor and needy: David gives the first of several reasons why God should answer. David here appealed to God's sympathy, to His compassion. A hard-hearted God wouldn't care for a poor and needy man, or worse yet might even despise him. Yet David knew that God was full of love and compassion and would be moved by the fact that David was, and knew himself to be, poor and needy.
It is significant that David began his plea with this. His understanding of the love and compassion of God was foundational. There are many people that question God’s love for them but rest assure God is a loving Father and proved it when he gave us His only begotten son Jesus. David based His whole life, his hope on the basis of the love of God and the joy of knowing that God is a forgiving, loving and a redemptive God.
God hears the cry of His children, listen to me He is a good father that takes delight of helping his children and protecting and blessing His children.
Preserve my life: David's problem was desperate; he felt that without God's help he could perish. Considering the many people that were set against him, he had reason to be this concerned, sometimes in life we are so oppressed we need relief we need help. Look with me for a moment there are many people that have problems that make them desperate and sometimes those desperation’s are because there are people that want to do harm to them, there are situations that are way out of their control that the only one that has the power to change the course of these issues is God. But let me quickly remind you that your issues or situations are never an issue for God.