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28 July 2013

Sermon: Trinity 9 (Psalm)

28 July AD 2013
Ninth Sunday after Trinity

Title: Mercy Me! (MP3 Audio)

David and Bathsheba Summary: “Mercy me!” — how often we hear this phrase demonstrating mild dismay or discomfort. These words have become a cliché and a stereotype. They bring to mind previous generations of American women from the South gasping in surprise or amazement. How easily we forget that they come from the Church’s ancient prayer, “Lord, have mercy on me!”

The Christian prays, “Mercy me!” The Christian means, “Dear God, treat me with love and tenderness. Show me the kindness I lack, the compassion I withhold, the mercy I hoard. Hold me blameless although I am guilty. Purify me that I might not be a stench in Your nostrils and an abomination in Your eyes.”

God had mercy on lustful, scheming, adulterous, murderous, deceitful David. He likewise has mercy on us dirty, rotten, good-for-nothing sinners for the sake of Jesus. Unable to cleanse ourselves, we cry out to Him time after time for clean hearts and right spirits and discover time after time that His mercy has no bounds.

“Mercy me, O Lord!” we cry out. “Look at me as you do Your only begotten Son and look not on my sins! Give me life, not death; grant healing, not harm. Forgive, feed, clothe, and comfort me not because I deserve it but because they belong to me by Your grace through faith in Jesus Christ.”

Nathan Confronts King David Text: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. Psalm 51:1-13

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of Mercy Me!. Preached to the saints of God at Trinity Lutheran Church, Norborne, Missouri.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: 2 Samuel 22:26-34; 1 Corinthians 10:6-13; Luke 16:1-9 (10-13)

Additional Resources: Please see Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Christ and A New Spirit at Ask the Pastor for more on God’s grace and mercy revealed in Psalm 51. Listen also to You da Man! This recent sermon applies God’s condemnation of David though Nathan — and His subsequent forgiveness of the king — to our lives.

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