“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your loving-kindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.” (Psalm 51:1)
Caught in the middle of his own sinful net, snare and pit, David made an emotion filled plea to God for mercy.
And upon what basis does he ask for such mercy? His past achievements? He had them! The number of hours that had been spent in prayer? He spent them! The former animal sacrifices that had been made? He offered them!
But none of these would avail or else the pleading would have never happened.
So what was the basis of David’s request? It was God’s loving-kindness and his multiplied tender mercies.
Mercy for mercy’s sake is a powerful proposition! Yet people still refuse it. And mercy forsaken is a sad condition! Yet people are amused by it. How quickly Luke 6:25 becomes personified when the principle of Psalm 51:1 is disregarded.
For one, anyone, who may be caught in the middle of sin’s net, snare and pit there is hope – a hope that comes from mercy for mercy’s sake.
“And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”” (Luke 18:38-39)