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Hear My Prayer For Your Name's Sake - Psalm 143

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According to Your Integrity - v.1-2

v. 1 Hear me according to your integrity.
We are appealing for intervention according to His faithfulness in His promise to deliver and to righteously execute judgment.
1 John 1:9 KJV 1900
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
v. 2 Don’t bring me into judgment with you because I cannot live justly in my own strength.
Where he might be able to claim innocence to men, he knew he stood guilty before God and His law.
Romans 3:19–28 KJV 1900
Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
He appealed for mercy, not justice and so should our appeal be.
Justice vs Mercy
Justice - people cry out and demand the proper penalty to be handed to the guilty because they deserve the penalty
People will not respect a decision in court that is made with a lenient spirit.
Justice and mercy do not seem to go together.
But… we do expect mercy in our own dealings. We often cry out for it.
Mercy is not receiving what we rightly deserve as we stand guilty.
How does God judge with both mercy and judgment?
The sacrifice of Jesus has made it possible for God to combine both justice and mercy.
the sacrifice of Jesus has made it possible for God to combine both justice and mercy.
Jesus, out of His mercy, took upon Himself the just death that mankind deserved.
He now judges me in mercy because He took the just blow that I deserved.
He was a judge so he had to be just; he couldn’t simply let the man off. On the other hand, he wanted to be merciful, because he loved his friend. So he fined him the correct penalty for the offence. That was justice. Then he came down from his position as judge and wrote a cheque for the amount of the fine. He gave it to his friend, saying that he would pay the penalty for him. That was an act of mercy, love and sacrifice.
In his justice, God judges us because we are guilty. Then in his mercy and love he comes down in the person of his Son, Jesus Christ, and pays the penalty for us. Through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, God is both just and merciful.
The illustration is not an exact one for three reasons. First, our plight is worse. The penalty we are facing is not just a fine but death. Second, the relationship is closer. This is not just two friends, it is our Father in heaven who loves us more than any earthly parent loves their own child. Third, the cost is greater. It cost God far more than money – he came himself, in the person of Jesus, and paid the penalty of sin.
Psalm 9:13–14 KJV 1900
Have mercy upon me, O Lord; Consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, Thou that liftest me up from the gates of death: That I may shew forth all thy praise In the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.
Psalm 9:13
v. 3-4 The enemy has brought David to a point where he fears for his life/soul.
Romans 3:19–28 KJV 1900
Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
v. 3-4 The enemy has brought David to a point where he fears for his life/soul.
Psalm 142:3 KJV 1900
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked Have they privily laid a snare for me.
v. 5 He remembered the good days, spoke of God’s work aloud, and enthusiastically spoke of God’s handiwork.
Psalm 92:4–5 KJV 1900
For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. O Lord, how great are thy works! And thy thoughts are very deep.
v.6 The Psalmists desire for satisfaction in God was great.
Conclusion:
“When I do not trust God alone to keep His promise (deliver me), I express my lack of knowledge concerning His divine character.”
We must rely on God’s justice. (righteousness, faithfulness, steadfast love, merciful goodness)
He wanted more than just forgiveness. He wanted to be taught the right way so that he could fulfill God’s purpose for his life.
We must receive God’s mercy.
God desires mercy, not sacrifice. He completely rejects our Pharisaical legalism.
Hosea 6:6 KJV 1900
For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

That I Might Hear Your Voice

God’s voice reminds us of:
v. 7 God’s Presence.
v. 8 God’s Steadfast Love & God’s Guidance
v. 9 God’s Deliverance - Our Hiding Place (Refuge)
v. 10 God’s Will & God’s Leading Presence
Psalm 51:11–12 KJV 1900
Cast me not away from thy presence; And take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; And uphold me with thy free spirit.
v. 10 the Spirit
v. 10 the Spirit
v. 11 God’s Awakening & God’s Salvation
v. 12 God’s Mercy & God’s Protection
Conclusion:
For I am thy servant.
Psalm 116:16 KJV 1900
O Lord, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: Thou hast loosed my bonds.
David was claiming the promise that God would care for His servant. We can claim the promises that God has made to His children.
My prayer should be according with God’s will.
My prayer should be made relying on His righteousness imputed to us.
If you have not received His righteousness, believe and receive mercy today.
My desire for the world is that they might receive mercy, not only justice.
My desire in prayer should be that God would answer us for His own name’s sake.
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