Have Mercy on Me, O God!

from Lynda Lindsey

When I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? Psalm 56:3-4

Record my lament; list my tears on Your scroll—-are they not in your record? Psalm 56:8

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in You my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of Your wings until the disaster has passed. Psalm 57:1

David, Israel’s future king, is on the run from King Saul who has vowed to kill David. Saul’s jealousy, insecurity, and mental instability have rendered him incapable of discerning the departure of God’s Holy Spirit from his life. Saul even tries to kill his son Jonathan in a deranged fury because Jonathan and David are friends. 

David doesn’t try to hide his fear, nor does he pretend he isn’t afraid. David spells it out  in detail before God. David is being pressed by his attackers. He is enduring slander, evil plots, and conspiracies from his enemy. The key is what David does when he’s under attack and afraid. First David chooses to trust God. David throws himself on the mercy and kindness of God. With tears and lamentations, David cries out to God, seeking God’s mercy. David calls on God for help. Praise and thanksgiving flow from David’s heart. And David asks God to bring justice to bear. Is it any wonder God calls David a man after His own heart?

To choose is to decide on a course of action, usually after rejecting other alternatives. Choosing involves deliberate consideration and it isn’t done hurriedly or impulsively. A decision is made carefully, as if weighing each option on a scale. David loved God with his whole heart. David knew the God he loved and served. And David made a deliberate choice to trust in his God regardless of the circumstances. And therein lies the key to trusting God when everything around us is crumbling. 

David knew that God keeps track of all our sorrows, hurts, distresses. God remembers everything that happens in our lives. God sees every tear that falls, every heartache we endure. David knew that God is trustworthy in all things. David understood God to be compassionate, a shelter, a place of refuge and safety, a protector and a safe sanctuary. David pictures hiding under the shelter of God’s outstretched wings until disaster passes. 

Choose to trust God, regardless of the circumstances. Love God. Get to know Him through His Word. Throw yourself on God’s mercy. Ask God to bring justice out of chaos. Find shelter in God. Trust and keep trusting, because disasters come and go. But God, and His mercy, are eternal!