Tuesday, May 23, 2023

God Grants Us Mercy

 

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Come and hear all who fear God,

And I will declare what He has done for my soul.

I cried to Him with my mouth,

And he was extolled with my tongue.

If I regard iniquity in my heart,

the Lord will not hear.

But certainly God has heard me;

He has attended to the voice of my prayer.

Blessed be God,

Who has not turned away my prayer,

Nor His mercy from me.

                                                                                                Psalm 66:16-20 (NKJV)


This message was directed to the Chief Musician in the Temple.


Come and hear all who fear God,

The author of this Psalm invites all to hear God’s be proclaimed to those present at either Passover or a victory celebration. 1.


And I will declare what He has done for my soul.


This passage could be the praise of one worshiper. 2 That worshiper desires to give praise for what God has done for him.

How often do we forgo giving praise to God and sharing testimony of His workings in our lives?


I cried to Him with my mouth,

The author shares that He took his hurts to the LORD and left them there. We should always give God our hurt feelings before we tell others around us about them.


And he was extolled with my tongue.


The author/speaker praised God as He prayed. Sometimes, we forget to praise Him for the good things He has given us.


If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.


The author/speaker has learned that God does not hear the prayers of an unrepentant sinner. Even in today’s world, God does not entertain sin. We should seek to keep our hearts and minds clear of sinful thoughts and habits.


But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer.


The author/speaker most likely saw answers to his prayers to God. As Christians, we have to live our lives in such a way that we know God has heard our prayers and that He will answer them.


Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer, Nor His mercy from me.


The author/speaker chooses to bless God for not turning His back on his prayers and has granted him mercy. Because of our humanity, we often forget to thank God for answers to our prayers.


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1.) Study Note: Jeremiah Study Bible page 748.

2.) Op. Cit.

8 comments:

  1. Wonderful passage...I love that God does hear our prayers and He attends to the "voice of my prayer". He understands where we are coming from and what our deepest hurts and concerns are...and He attends to them. Our God is an Awesome God!! Amen.

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    1. Pam: Thank you for your thoughtful comment. Yes, He tends to our hurts and concerns. Praise God for that. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

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  2. We all too often forget to praise God for all His grace and mercy, all the marvelous things He has done for us. Blessings, Cecelia!

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    1. Martha Jane: Yes, we do forget to praise God for all He does for us. One day we will meet Him and hear Him ask, "What have you done for Me?" Peace and blessings for you and yours.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this uplifting blog post. It's refreshing to be reminded of the power of praise, the importance of bringing our concerns to God, and the need for repentance in our prayer lives. Your thoughtful reflections on Psalm 66:16-20 have encouraged me to deepen my relationship with God and express gratitude for His mercy and answered prayers. Keep up the inspiring work!

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  4. Aritha: Thank you for the kind words. It is my purpose to encourage people about God and their relationship to Him. I will add your name to my prayer list. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

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  5. This is beautiful. The Psalms are always in my heart. And the words of Christ come to mind as I read this. "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask for your desire and it shall be done for you."
    Bless the Lord, oh my soul and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name...
    And bless you, Cecelia!

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    1. Thank you for your warm comments. Feel free to visit any time you can. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

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