O Lord, Have Mercy on Me
1 Blessed is he who has regard for the weak;
the LORD delivers him in times of trouble.
Proverbs 14:21 (NASB)
He who despises his neighbor sins,
But happy is he who is gracious to the poor.
2 The LORD will protect him and preserve his life;
he will bless him in the land
and not surrender him to the desire of his foes.
3 The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed
and restore him from his bed of illness.
4 I said, “O LORD, have mercy on me;
heal me, for I have sinned against you.”
5 My enemies say of me in malice,
“When will he die and his name perish?”
6 Whenever one comes to see me,
he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander;
then he goes out and spreads it abroad.
7 All my enemies whisper together against me;
they imagine the worst for me, saying,
8 “A vile disease has beset him;
he will never get up from the place where he lies.”
9 Even my close friend, whom I trusted,
he who shared my bread,
has lifted up his heel against me.
Mark 14:17-21 (NLT)
In the evening Jesus arrived with the twelve disciples. As they were at the table eating, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, one of you eating with me here will betray me.”
Greatly distressed, each one asked in turn, “Am I the one?”
He replied, “It is one of you twelve who is eating from this bowl with me. For the Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for the one who betrays him. It would be far better for that man if he had never been born!”
10 But you, O LORD, have mercy on me;
raise me up, that I may repay them.
11 I know that you are pleased with me,
for my enemy does not triumph over me.
12 In my integrity you uphold me
and set me in your presence forever.
Psalm 23:6 (ESV)
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
13 Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and Amen.
HERE is a peaceful piano solo — “What a friend we have in Jesus,” played by Greg Howlett.