Psalm 116 “I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish. Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I beseech thee, save my life!” Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. The Lord perseveres the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. For thou hast delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling; I walk before the Lord in the land of the living. I kept my faith, even when I said, ” I am greatly afflicted”; I said in my consternation, “Men are all a vain hope.” What shall I render to the Lord for all his bounty to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord, I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. O Lord, I am thy servant, the son of thy handmaid. Thou hast loosed my bonds. I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord.”
I felt a need to post this psalm today. A reminder of how Merciful God truly is. When we humble ourselves and ask God for forgiveness, he is quickly at our side. He hears our every cry. As we enter the “Year of Mercy” let us search our hearts and give back to other’s the mercy we have received ourselves.
Thank you for loving us and showering us with your mercy. Please help us to be merciful to people who we encounter daily in our lives. Help us to grow in love and mercy. Amen.