3/12- Psalm 86:15-16
15 But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. 16 Turn to me and have mercy on me; grant your strength to your servant and save the son of your maidservant.
(Carl Bloch- Jesus and the Little Children)
Thoughts: The basis for God’s turning to us with mercy is found in the deep and faithful character of God. He is compassionate, gracious, patient, great in loving- faithfulness. The writer is-if you will- buttering God up. He even appeals to God’s love because of his mother. This Psalm is also a prayer for the whole nation who has recently returned from captivity and was in a vulnerable state in the middle of many enemies. The point is the same- we are vulnerable and we need God. We know we need God because He is kind and able to help.
Prayer: We turn to you Lord, for you alone can help us. When there is no other help you are there. You alone are our ultimate help and strength and life.