Have Mercy On Me, Lord :: By Dennis Huebshman

There are people in the world today who believe that they have sinned so badly that the blood of Jesus cannot reach them. King David was very special to the Father, as he relied on God all through his shepherd days and even when he faced the giant, Goliath. David put his faith and trust in the Lord and was able to kill the giant with a single stone that he threw with his sling. (ESV – all emphasis mine)

God protected David through all the attempts by King Saul to kill him, and eventually, the shepherd boy became the King of Israel. With all this in mind, you would tend to believe that King David would honor the Lord and never sin against Him.

Enter Bathsheba. David had an adulterous affair with her and even caused her husband, Uriah, to be killed. In 2 Samuel 12, the prophet Nathan went to David and caused him to see just how evil his actions had been. David made no excuses when he realized this and confessed that he had indeed sinned against the Lord. Though he would be severely disciplined by God, he did not lose his faith in the Father.

Psalm 51 gives us the king’s plea after Nathan confronted him. Please remember, even after this great sin, his bloodline was chosen to bring the Messiah onto the earth. Psalm 51:1-4; “Have mercy on me, Oh God, according to your steadfast love; according to Your abundant mercy, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You may be justified in Your words, and blameless in Your judgment.”

This is a perfect example of someone who knows what they have done and truly puts themself at the mercy of our Heavenly Father. No excuses were offered, just a true admission that sin was committed, the sin was against the Holy Father, and the sinner opened himself to whatever judgment the Father would make.

Going to Psalm 51: 10-12, David sincerely pleas for God’s forgiveness and to once again be with him at all times. “Create in me a clean heart, Oh God, and renew a right Spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence, and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your Salvation, and uphold me with a willing Spirit.”

God loved David, but we need to remember He loves us all. Acts 10:34-35; “So Peter opened his mouth and said, ‘Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation, anyone who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to Him.'”

Then Romans 2:6-11, “He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, He will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be tribulation and distress for every human who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality.”

This in no way indicates that we are saved by our own works and deeds, as given in Ephesians 2:8-9. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works so that no one may boast.”

Denying we have sinned is a sure pathway to the White Throne Judgment of Revelation 20:11-15. As stated in 1 John 1:8-10, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

Would anyone really want to call our Most Holy Creator a liar?

God will not only forgive our sins when we sincerely ask Him to, but Psalm 103:11-12 gives us what happens next; “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our transgressions from us.”

The steps to receive and accept Jesus as our Savior are found in Romans 10:9-13. However, first and foremost, one must believe Jesus is the only way to eternal life.

Two passages clarify this. John 14:6; “Jesus said to him, I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.” Then Acts 4:12, “And there is Salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

When a person truly calls out to be forgiven and to be saved, the Holy Spirit comes to be within them from that moment on. When the time of the Rapture takes place, as given in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 and 1 Corinthians 15:51-53, all who belong to the Greatest Shepherd that there is will rise up to meet Him in the air. This human body will be made immortal and imperishable, and we will have the mindset of our Savior. Never again will we have the sin nature within us.

The only other choice available is to reject Jesus and to accept Satan and the ways of this world. There is no other option than these two. All who do not have Jesus as their Savior when they leave this earth will spend eternity with Satan and his demons in hell.

Right up to one’s last breath, it’s possible they can be forgiven, as was the thief on the cross next to Jesus. After that, there are no more opportunities for forgiveness. Taking a chance that one would live long enough to call out is not the best plan. The best solution is to already have Jesus as your Savior, and there will be no issue where you will be spending eternity.

Hell is real, no matter what any false prophet may try to tell you. Jesus is the only way to eternal life, as given above. Some may try to tell you there are “many ways” to heaven without Jesus. They are part of Satan’s group.

The Lord hears the calls from those who truly seek Him, and will grant forgiveness. As stated numerous times, the only unforgivable sin right now is to take your last breath here without receiving and accepting Jesus as your eternal Savior. During the tribulation, the other unforgivable sin will be taking the mark of the beast, which is to openly worship the beast.

It’s a choice that each one has to make, and no one can choose for another. Please know that the end of this age is drawing very near, as evidenced by all that is taking place in the world today that we were plainly told would be happening in God’s word. It’s not a coincidence; God is in control.

Choose today; choose wisely. Tomorrow could be too late.

Come, Lord Jesus!