Daily Devotions


Day 227

Psalm 30:10b "Have mercy on me..."

Day 227 – Psalm 30

“Have mercy on me…” Psalm 30:10b


David’s prayer was made with deep passion. He had realized how his foolish reliance on himself caused the Lord to hide His face from him. If God had withdrawn His favour, his enemies could overthrow him! He could even lose his life in the process! The thought of possible death caused him to make this impassioned plea to the Lord.

“What profit is there in my blood,
When I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You?
Will it declare Your truth?
Hear, O LORD, and have mercy on me;
LORD, be my helper!”
Psalm 30:9-10

1. A little piqued

a) We detect that David was upset as he made his way back to God.
b) At least this was how he must have felt initially.
c) He could not fully understand why God would hide His face at all.
d) He could not understand why he now faced the threat of death.

2. Thoughts of death

a) It seemed that death would “profit” no one- except his enemies.
b) What would have been accomplished had he gone down “to the pit”?
c) Surely death would have snuffed out “praise for God” forever.
d) Death would have silenced David’s voice as one who declared God’s truth.

3. Bowing to God’s Lordship

a) David nevertheless had the wisdom to return to submission to God’s lordship.
b) He must plead “mercy” and not his human logic in prayer.
c) He must return to the Lord as his constant “Helper”!
d) He must cease from everything but reliance on the Lord for His help.