A Restraining Hand

7 Set me free from my prison,
that I may praise your name.
Then the righteous will gather about me
because of your goodness to me. Psalm 142:7

What kind of prison was David in when he wrote this? He was in a cave, and was probably surrounded by his fighting men. So, yes, he was in a physical cave and it was probably difficult to move around freely, but he could have also been in a mental or spiritual cave, trapped by his own thoughts and desires. He was clearly at the mercy of God, and he said as much.

How much of our lives is at the mercy of God? The spiritually correct answer is it all is, but is it really? We sometimes fight harder than we should at accepting that truth, though I’m not sure why.

Consider for a moment what would happen if God were to withdraw His mercy, not just on us but on cities and nations as a whole. Think of ways in which you “prosper” and thrive because of His mercy. In other words, we are blessed because of His mercy and we should take the time to thank Him for it.

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