I appeal to God’s mercy…

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Psalm 7:3 O LORD my God, if I have done this,
if there is wrong in my hands,
4 if I have repaid my ally with harm
or plundered my foe without cause,
5 then let the enemy pursue and overtake me,
trample my life to the ground,
and lay my soul in the dust. Selah

6 Rise up, O LORD, in your anger;
lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
awake, O my God; you have appointed a judgment.
7 Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered around you,
and over it take your seat on high.
8 The LORD judges the peoples;
judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness
and according to the integrity that is in me.

What strikes me in this psalm is David’s confidence in his innocence before God. He’s not asking for the Lord to come to his aid out of mercy – to overlook his trespasses and save him anyway. No, he’s asking God to act “according to the integrity that is in me”. That is a bold request.

I don’t think I could make a request like this as I don’t have David’s self-confidence. My sins are too great for me to overlook, or ask God to do the same. Rather, this morning I ask for God to give me aid as an act of mercy. I am broken and far short of God’s holiness, but I genuinely belong to God. I am his own, and so I trust in his great love for me and for all who call on his holy name.

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