Psalm 123 A Prayer for Mercy
A song of the stairway
O God-Enthroned in heaven, I lift my eyes toward you in worship.
The way I love you
is like the way a servant wants to please his master,
the way a maid waits for the orders of her mistress.
We look to you, our God, with passionate longing
to please you and discover more of your mercy and grace.
For we’ve had more than our fill of this scoffing and scorn—
this mistreatment by the wealthy elite.
Lord, show us your mercy!
Lord, show us your grace!
The psalmist declares his intention to seek the Lord instead of allowing the surrounding circumstances to rule him. When believers are afflicted we turn to the Lord; we know he is our Source of help. It can be tempting to obsess about some things that distress us, but we should not linger there. It is spiritually, emotionally, and physical unhealthy to do so. The world is not a source of mercy, but heaven is rich with it. Let’s remember the grace of God provides all we need. Some days we will witness and experience more than our fill of nastiness and wickedness while in this world. So, when we are opposed and ridiculed for our passion and devotion to the Lord, we must ask for and wait for God’s mercy and grace that is more than sufficient to care for us.
Prayer: Lord, I remain devoted and submissive to you and your will for my life. May I always turn to you for the mercy and grace I need to remain strong. In Jesus’ name. Amen.