Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.

What an amazing prayer! In this one verse David appeals to the mercy of the Lord with three powerful words. They are chanan, chesed, and racham. The second word, chesed, is translated in the NKJ as lovingkindness (check yesterday’s and tomorrow’s devotions). It is a beautiful word expressing the deep love and kindness displayed to us in the life of Jesus. Zodhiates’ word book has a great definition of this word.

“The basic idea is that of an act of kindness, love or mercy shown to someone. The quality of the kindness shown is usually that reserved for close friends and family members.”

I love that, this word describes lovingkindness especially to those who are “family”. Again, this is revealed to us through the life of Jesus Christ. David was family because this incredible Savior would be called the “son of David”. What about us? We have become “family” through the redemption found in Christ. We have become heirs together with Christ, we have been placed in the family by His precious blood and by the infusion of His Spirit into our lives. The lovingkindess of the Lord, the “chesed” reserved for family, has been extended to us in Christ.
How does this effect my everyday life? It effects us in every way. The mercies of the Lord are new every morning, you are “family” now. One of the privileges that come with this relationship is forgiveness and restoration. He not only forgives us but He helps overcome the consequences that go along with our previous bad behavior. Along with that, our new “family” relationship changes our hearts, we are different now. Our nature has taken on His nature and our lives are changed. The “chesed” of the Lord not only fixes our circumstances, it fixes us. “Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your lovingkindess.”


  1. As Paul Harvey would say….”And now for the rest of the story”
    David spoke much over the course of the rest of the Psalms and we hear him in Psalms 100 (my favorite Psalm) He says that the lovingkindness endures forever. David called out to the Chesed love of God in his times of trouble and then declared based on experience that indeed the Lovingkindness of our God will always meet us in our sin and distress. He declared the faithfulness of God in his life, Praised Him for it, and then encouraged us all by saying that it endures throughout the generations. How wonderful it is for me to look back and see the Chesed of God sustaining me in my time of trouble and then be able to speak of Him and His mercy to others. Selah!

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