My Cry for Mercy

It seems strange
To cry for mercy
Mercy– something
That I certainly
Never deserve
But still I cry
I beg the Lord
Every day
For mercy
For myself
Because of my sin
My sins are so many
Marring the image
God has placed in me
God is molding me to be
Yes, my sin has marred it
And what I deserve
Is to be abandoned
Left to myself
Left to destruction

But the Lord
Is good in every way
He cannot stand
To look on sin
Yet He sent His Son
He sent You, my Lord Jesus
To become this wickedness
And to die on the cross
And rise righteous
On the third day
Now I am clean, though not perfect
Now I am Yours, Lord
And with confidence I come
I come before Your throne
And I cry out
I cry out for mercy
And I know
I know with certainty
You hear me
And You will answer me
Because You are my Father
My Savior
My Strength

I cry
I cry out for mercy, Lord
I cry out for mercy
For those I know
Who near to my side
I see their pain
I see their distress
And I am grieved for them
Lord, I cry for mercy
I cry for them, Lord
And not only I
But Your Son
Interceding on their behalf
And not only Jesus
But Your Spirit prays for them
You are praying for them
And for this I find comfort

I cry
I cry for mercy, Lord
I cry for mercy
For those lost
And unknowing of You
Who do not hear
Who do not understand
Who are following the path
The wicked path of destruction
Blindly going towards the fire pit
Who will speak?
Who will tell them?
Will they listen?
Oh Lord
Have mercy on them
Have mercy on the one
Who carries the message
So very faithfully
Have mercy, Lord

Lord, have mercy
But not as I will
As You will
As it is in heaven
Amen

~

“1Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
for in you I take refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
until the disaster has passed.

2I cry out to God Most High,
to God, who vindicates me.
3He sends from heaven and saves me,
rebuking those who hotly pursue me—
God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.” ~Psalm 57

“14“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.” ~Psalm 91

“1The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. 3But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. 4It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

5Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:

“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
6with burnt offerings and sin offerings
you were not pleased.
7Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—
I have come to do your will, my God.’ ”a

8First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. 9Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

15The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:

16“This is the covenant I will make with them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”

17Then he adds:

“Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.”

18And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.

19Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

26If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”d and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”e 31It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. 33Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. 35So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

36You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37For,

“In just a little while,
he who is coming will come
and will not delay.”

38And,

“But my righteous one will live by faith.
And I take no pleasure
in the one who shrinks back.”

39But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” ~Hebrews 10

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My Holy Holy Holy Lord

My Rock, oh Lord,

You are my firm ground

My faithful God

In You, I pray, will I trust

Your holiness

Fills the air everywhere

Holiness

That I long to embrace

Terror I have

When forced to face Your throne

In You I do trust

With You I cannot falter

But still You

Are so holy

And I am so dirty

I hear the Saraphim sing

“Holy Holy Holy”

And I feel my heart

It withers inside me

I cannot live on

So sinful is Your servant, Lord

My mouth is unclean

And Your people care so little

Woe is me!

I am undone!

But Holy Holy Holy

The Lord Almighty nods

I do not see what goes on

I am prostrate before the Lord

The Seraphim lifts my head

And a white, hot, holy coal

This he places on my mouth

This cleans my lips

This burns me to no more evil words

This blessing from the Lord

“Holy Holy Holy!”

He is my firm foundation

He is who I will trust

In Him was I created

He can destroy me

He will not forsake me

His perfect plan will not fail

Let my mouth be filled with

Praises for my loving,

Terrifying,

Holy Holy Holy Lord

Amen!
~

“1In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
2Above it stood the seraphim: each one had six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he did fly.
3And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
4And the posts of the door were shaken at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
5Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
6Then flew one of the seraphim unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
7And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged.” ~Isaiah 6

“7The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. 9The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. 10They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. 11By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
12But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. 13Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression.
14May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” ~Psalm 19

My Spot

A spot
On my pure
White skin
And I shiver
It cannot be
But soon all
Feeling escapes
Me
~
I am a king
I’ve seen God’s
Faithfulness
And yearned to
Walk closely
By His side
I am a king
My devotion is
High
And I deserve
To praise Him
Directly
I have no
Need for the
Priest
Standing between
Us
But the priests
Are so prideful
Tell me I sin
But I am King!
I will win!
I hold the
Censer in one
Hand
And an angry
Fist in the
Other
Defending my
Own purity
I am
Righteous
~
And there’s
The spot
Darkening my
Forehead
I am contaminating
The temple
Of my LORD
And I know
I do wrong
I am hidden
Away
No longer worthy
To worship Him
No matter how
Much I weep
He does not heal
Me
And who am
I to argue
Justice?
He is my LORD
He is my King
All I can do
Now is
Obey
~
Leprosy
That unfeeling
Disease
Ravages and ruins
In the name of peace
No pain
No suffering
Yet still I bleed
Yet still I seem
To die
And be at war
There is no hope
Of healing
Me
~
~
I was thought
Noble and good
My only flaw
A terrible
Disease that
Can dangerously
Spread it’s unfeelingness
So though I am
Honored and loved
Please don’t
Come near me
~
But listen to
This new voice
It speaks of hope
Hope for me
So I set out
For the man of
God
Hoping for
The miracle
Cure
~
But I see
Him not
He will not
See me
He sends out
A messenger
Who does not
Wave his hands
Over my
Spot
He tells me to wash
One, two, three
Four, five, six
Seven times
In the dirty
Jordan
Why not wash
In a cleaner
Body of water?
But the voice
Speaks again
Is not this
God’s man
Has he not spoke
To you
Words of hope
In God’s hands?
~
Get down on
Hands and knees
Dive in deep to
The filth
One, two, three
Four, five, six
Seven
God healed
Me
What joy now!
I am free!
I will bend
To Him only
The knee!
~
~
You and I
We’re blinded
What is it
That consumes
Us
Removes us
Free the tree?
I am filled
With gluttony
To me I own
Greed
I desire pleasure
I drink it in
Deep
And when I
Wake from my
Slumber
I cannot feel
The LORD
Close by
I beg and I
Cry
But to my spot
I return
I no longer
Feel desire
For my LORD
~
I must
We must
Get down on
Our hands
And our knees
Dive in deep
To the water
See the filth?
That is you
That is me
Becoming one
With the river
In the name of
One
The Father
Two
The Son
Three
The Holy Spirit
We are free!
Do you feel?
The joy?
Do not return
To your spot
To Him only
Bend
Your
Knee
~
~
2 Chronicles 26 (The story of King Uzziah and how he became a leper)
2 Kings 5:1-19a (The story of Naaman the leper and how he became clean)