We seek Your mercy, not Your judgment

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Forgiven  |  June 9

Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my mind and my heart.
For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, and I have walked in Your
truth.

Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer
me.
When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I
will seek.”
Do not hide Your face from me; do not turn Your servant away in anger; you
have been my help; do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation.

Psalm 26:2-3, 27:7-9


Father, sometimes we want to say, with King David, examine me, try my mind
and heart (judge me); but too often we would rather not have you examine us
because of our mistakes. Who among us seeks Your judgment? No, it is not
Your judgment we seek, it is Your mercy.

Give us, this day, confidence that when we seek You, You do not turn Your
face from us. Father, we know that we need to seek You more frequently.
When we do so, the ratio of temptations to sin will diminish
proportionately.

Our prayers, in the midst of trials, lift us above momentary circumstances.
The circumstances pass and we are blessed. Help us know that moment of
blessing is Your will being exercised in our lives. Our trials turn into
triumphs, righteousness replaces sin and we feel cleansed. Thank You God
for presenting us with a “you can count on Me” relationship. In Jesus’ Holy
name, we pray, amen.

Bruce Caldwell

The Sola Scriptura Project

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