The Favor and Mercy of the Lord

Posted by Emma on April 25, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Filed under:Bible,Christianity,Psalm 119,Repentance,Studying the Word

“I intreated thy favor with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.” Psalm 119:58 (KJV)

“I appeased thy face with the whole heart, favor me according to thy saying.” Psalm 119:58 (YLT)

What a prayer! Everyday we should be seeking God’s favor and mercy.

The first word in this verse is חליתי (chiliti), a verb meaning appease, entreat the favor of. The Psalmist is beseeching God to be gracious to Him and forgive Him. The next word is פניך (phanecha) which means thy face. This word is also used to talk about presence. When you see someone’s face or stand before their face you are in their presence. It is as if the Psalmist is in God’s presence beseeching His favor.

The word בכל (vechal) means whole, entire, all. It is connected with the word לב (leev) which means inner man as in the soul, comprehending mind, affections and will. It is who you are, what makes you do what you do, think as you think, and feel as you feel. With everything in Him, the Psalmist is asking God for favor and mercy. We should beseech God with all that is in us.

חנני (chaneeni) means show favor, be gracious. When it is talking about God, as it is in this verse, it is usually talking about the bestowal of redemption from enemies, evils, and sins. The Psalmist is asking God to be gracious and redeem Him from sin and evil.

The final word in this verse is כאמרתך (che’imeratecha). This word starts with a כ (caph) which means according to. The main word means thy word, utterances, or speech. It is in God’s word that we find redemption. The Bible as God’s word tells us about the work that Jesus did. However, Jesus is also called the Word of God in John 1. Ultimately, it is through Jesus that we find redemption, through the living Word of God.

We should be beseeching God for mercy with everything we have. We are ever in His presence, we should act like it and recognize that without His favor we are doomed. We must be redeem through the blood of His Son, the living Word. Have you been redeemed according to God’s Word? If not I would suggest reading through the Bible and learn how to, John might be a good book to start in. If you have been redeemed by the Word, dedicate yourself fully as a living sacrifice acceptable to God and beseech Him for His favor with everything you have. Remember you are always in His presence. Live like it!

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