Pleading for Favor

I plead aloud to the Lord for mercy

Psalm 142: 1b

That word “mercy” has the idea of compassion and forgiveness from someone (in this place God) who has the power to punish.  But that’s not all.  “Mercy” also has the idea of favor.  Another translation of this verse segment might be “I plead aloud to the LORD (all caps, which means David is talking to “Yahweh”) to be gracious to me”.  Or to “deal with me graciously”.  Or, to have “favor on me”.  

I mentioned this in Sunday’s message:  Jabez prayed, “O that Thou would bless me, INDEED” (1 Chronicles 4:10, emphasis mine).  I’m not saying that these words “bless” and “have mercy” are exactly the same; however, I am suggesting there are similarities in the lines of thought.  God wants to bless you!  God wants to favor you!  God wants to deal generously with you!  He says He will do “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Eph 3:20)!  I believe that’s what David was asking for.  

David is stuck in the cave.  Sick and tired of being sick and tired.  He wants something different in life.  And so he pleads to Yahweh, “please do exceedingly and abundantly more that I can ask or think” (again, those are my thoughts).  And God did!  He brought to him his family, began his army of supporters with 400 men of misfits, and eventually made David a king who was promised the Messiah would come from his bloodline!  If I was betting man, I’d bet that was more than what David was thinking (I mean exceedingly and abundantly more) was going to happen when he was in the cave uttering this prayer.  What prayer do you think God is waiting on you to utter?  “God will You please have favor on me?  Will you bless me, indeed?”  See, there’s another side to that coin.  James 4:2 says, ” you have not because you ask not”.  If you’re not praying for it, favor in this case, and pleading in this case, you’re missing out on life exceedingly and abundantly more that you can ask or think!

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