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We all understand the amazing power it takes to create and manage a universe…God said let there be light, and there was light. He formed stars and planets. He filled the earth with life and created people to care for it. He has built and destroyed empires–He is  a mighty God! Still, it is his grace and mercy that sets him apart and allows us to know and follow him.  

The psalmist knew that–He did not cry out from the depths for God’s power–he cried out for God’s mercy.  The psalmist knew that only God’s grace and mercy could restore the broken relationship between men and God.  We have all sinned. We have all tried countless times to run our own lives and be our own boss–all with less than stellar result.  

Still, even before Christ’s sacrifice, men of God knew that the relationship could be restored by God’s mercy.  That mercy has transcended time, space and culture and has allowed us–black-hearted and flawed, to be restored into relationship with God.  The fact that a holy God can fellowship with a “wretch” like me, is truly amazing, amazing grace.  So as his chosen, we need to not only respect God’s almighty power; but, like the psalmist, we need to accept and be grateful for God’s amazing grace and mercy.

God Bless You

Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
    Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
    to my cry for mercy.

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
    Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
    so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
    and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
    more than watchmen wait for the morning,
    more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
    for with the Lord is unfailing love
    and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel
    from all their sins.