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Published On: Wed, Dec 26th, 2012

Lord, be merciful unto me

Lord, be merciful unto me

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

Lord, be merciful unto me

Prove now thy gracious dealings with my soul in adversity, since thou didst a foretime give me grace to act liberally in my prosperity. No appeal is made to justice; the petitioner but hints at the promised reward, but goes straightforward to lay his plea at the feet of mercy. How low was our Redeemer brought when such petitions could come from his reverend mouth, when his lips like lilies dropped such sweet smelling but bitter myrrh!

Heal my soul

My time of languishing is come, now do as thou hast said, and strengthen me, especially in my soul. We ought to be far more earnest for the soul’s healing than for the body’s ease. We hear much of the cure of souls, but we often forget to care about it.

For I have sinned against thee

Here was the root of sorrow. Sin and suffering are inevitable companions. Observe that by the psalmist sin was felt to be mainly evil because directed against God. This is of the essence of true repentance. The immaculate Saviour could never have used such language as this unless there be here a reference to the sin which he took upon himself by imputation; and for our part we tremble to apply words so manifestly indicating personal rather than imputed sin. Applying the petition to David and other sinful believers, how strangely evangelical is the argument: heal me, not for I am innocent, but I have sinned. How contrary is this to all self-righteous pleading! How consonant with grace! How inconsistent with merit! Even the fact that the confessing penitent had remembered the poor, is but obliquely urged, but a direct appeal is made to mercy on the ground of great sin. O trembling reader, here is a divinely revealed precedent for thee, be not slow to follow it.

 Source:  Charles H. Spurgeon                                    

   Abad of Jesus Christ,

   Stulo Robinson.S.

 

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