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God, Be Merciful to Me

Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

God’s children are not called to come before God’s throne with a list of accomplishments, or merits or goodness; they are called, says Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 26, to come with the humility that “…offers nothing but our need for mercy.” Such a cry for mercy comes from our “dying-away of the old self” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 33, Question and Answer 88) which expresses that we are “genuinely sorry for our sin and more and more…hate and run away from it” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 33, Question and Answer 89).
 

The gifts of renewal and pardon come only “through true faith” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 7, Question and Answer 20) and are “gifts of sheer grace, granted solely by Christ’s merits” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 7, Question and Answer 21). The very act of faith is to plead for his mercy.

Additional Prayers

A Prayer for Lent
Gracious God, you who sent your Son into the world so that the world might be saved through him, save us too. You are the God of abounding grace, of amazing grace, of grace upon grace. You are famous for your grace. We need it now, holy God, because we are not pure within, and our own sin rises up to accuse us. We sin and then we accuse ourselves, abuse ourselves, indict ourselves because we simply are not pure within. So save us from our sin, from ourselves, from sin that makes misery and misery that makes sin—save us from the whole miserable mess. On your grace we rest our plea, in Jesus’ saving name. Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

Merciful God, we cannot stand before you
unless our hearts are cleansed and our spirits are made right by your redeeming.
Thank you for your merciful forgiveness,
and even more for your transforming love
made known to us in Jesus the Savior. Amen.

Tune Information

Name
GOD, BE MERCIFUL
Key
B♭ Major
Meter
7.7.7.7.7.7
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