546 And Can It Be

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’Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For, O my God, it found out me!

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Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer. (Ps. 4:1)

In the midst of unfair treatment by his enemies, David asks God, the Righteous Judge, to listen favorably to him, to grant his plea, to render His righteous verdict on the enemies of his soul. David recalls God’s deliverance from temporal and spiritual troubles in former times, pleading past mercies as grounds for present favor. He remembers that God has relieved him in his distress, dashed down the rocks, broken the barriers, and loosed him from the entanglements of his enemy. He cries out to God, conscious of his sin. David, trapped by his enemy, prays for mercy. His prayer directed toward God’s everlasting grace, His righteousness, His eternal fountain of pardon. David is confident that God will provide a narrow way of escape; He will reveal it through prayer and praise, faith and hope. Confinement and suffocation behind him, he escapes into the loving arms of God, his heart enlarged, his love deepened, his understanding increased. By faith, the desires of his soul are set free from the enemy’s pressures.

Let us appeal to the God of righteousness for mercy and strength in the face of calamity and oppression. Can we not be confident that the Judge of all the earth will do right? Though He has every reason to destroy us for our many and great sins, in lovingkindness He has made a way for us through Jesus. Therefore, we flee from His justice to His mercy on which all our hopes are grounded. Through no merit of our own we can petition the God of all righteousness, Father of all mercies, and God of all comfort to grant us freedom from the false accusations and harsh judgments of men. He has slayed the dragon, broken the barriers. He enlarges our hearts with joy and comfort, shattering the chains of grief and sorrow that once imprisoned us. He is our faithful Comforter who never ceases to help us until we cease to have need.

As a child of God, you can ask Him to intervene and bring about justice when falsely accused and mistreated by others. He is the God of David’s righteousness, and of your righteousness. Won’t you, like David, call on the God of your righteousness to have mercy on you and hear your prayer? Will you trust Him to do what is right today? Let prayer and praise, faith and hope lead you to the narrow way of escape as you witness His love extended toward you this day. Declare, “Tis mercy all, immense and free, for, O my God, it found out me!”