Friday, September 7, 2018
Have Mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Psalm 51:1
In 2001, the American Christian contemporary music band, MercyMe, released its first single, “I Can Only Imagine.” The song would become the largest selling Christian contemporary song in history. Two years after its release, the song became a surprise cross-over success on Top-40 stations across the nation. Recently, the song, a reflection on the passing of lead singer Bart Millard's father, has become a successful motion picture by the same name generating over $40 million dollars since its release in March 2018. The movie is also about Millard's long-time abusive father (played by Dennis Quaid) and how he came to Christ shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. By the time his father had passed away some five years later, he had become not only Millard's best friend but “the Godliest man I have ever known.” It is a story of mercy, forgiveness, humility, and the power of spiritual transformation even in hopeless situations.
Mercy is also the story of God's intervention into the life of David. After being confronted by debilitating sin in his life, David pleaded with God to have mercy on him and blot out his transgression. Psalm 51 is a prayer of humility and confession in the king's journey back to a right relationship with God. True confession is an act of pure humility. It involves standing in the presence of a holy God and pleading for mercy and restoration. It cannot involve excuses, blame, or comparative justification to any other believer's spiritual condition.