Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me; for in you my soul takes refuge.
God is holy and perfect. I am a sinner and not like Him in so many ways. It is from Him that I need mercy because of His holiness. He cannot exist where there is any sin, so my sin separates. My sin deserves punishment, and God’s the One who will. He is also the One who brings mercy and forgiveness. How amazing that the One I need forgiveness from is also the One I take refuge in! The Punisher becomes the Protector in my life.
You would think that I would run away from His holiness and seek refuge and protection somewhere else. There is no one else, though. No one else can protect me. God purifies me and makes me holy by His mercy and through the blood of Jesus. Then He becomes my Refuge, the God who protects me.
I worship You today, Father, for Your amazing mercy and grace. Thank You that I can run to You! Remind me of Your love when I’m tempted to run from You. I honor You for You are holy, but I will not be afraid. I will drawn near, calling you ‘Father,’ because Jesus said that I could. Find me completely with You this day.