"To you, O LORD, I cry, and to the Lord I plead for mercy" Psalm 30:8
You might remember from Sunday's message (Overjoyed!) when I talked about David crying out for God's mercy. David didn't:
-Give God his plans
-Recite some ritualistic chant
-Try to earn God's favor through good behavior
He just cried out to the Lord for mercy. Why did David just cry out and not do those other things? God's mercy was his only hope!
Click this link below to read a beautiful expression of this truth. http://firstimportance.org/2008/07/10/one-appeal-his-mercy/
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
In 2 Corinthians 12 Paul talks about how God keeps him humble. He says, "I refrain from [boasting] so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. So to keep me from being too elated by the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.
"I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness..."