Words from the Heart for Monday June 3rd, 2019
Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place.
Psalm 28:2 (NIV)
Cry For Mercy
Ronald Smith is the only Canadian on death row in the United States. He was convicted of murdering two men in Montana in the 1980’s and has been on death row since March 1983. Under the influence of alcohol and LSD, he and a friend killed two aboriginal men who picked them as they were hitchhiking. Over the years, Ronald Smith has appealed for mercy a number of times, including in 2012, when a court appointed psychologist told the court that Smith no longer posed any threat to those around him.
Guilt is a terrible thing. People go to great lengths to avoid dealing with it. They cover it with alcohol or drugs, sex or pleasure. But all that these things lead to is greater guilt and shame. No matter how hard people work to avoid dealing with the guilt, when their heads hit the pillow at night, and they are drifting off to sleep, it is unavoidable. Is there any way out? King David knew his heart and life well. It wasn’t always pleasant. Like all human beings, sin was a part of his experience. But David knew where to turn. Psalm 28:2 says, “Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place.” David cried out to the God of mercy. He knew that there were no secrets with the Lord God of the Universe, so he cried out for mercy. The good news is that God always removes the sin that brings on the guilt when we cry out to Him for mercy. Have you experienced God’s forgiving grace? If not, cry out to Him as David did, seeking His mercy. He will always offer it in Christ.
These have been words from the heart.