Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, even as we have hoped in You.” (Ps 32/33: 22)

This Psalm-verse is frequently repeated in our church-services (e.g., every day as part of the “Great Doxology,” or occasionally on its own, as a “Prokeimenon”). But really, I don’t repeat it enough. The verse expresses, in a nutshell, the basic attitude I must always have toward God: An openness to His mercy, on the one hand, and true hope in Him, or true God-dependency, on the other. Note also that the verse is expressed in the “we” form, reminding me that I make my journey of faith in fellowship with others.

There are three basic, inevitable “relationships” that constantly need to be worked on, or made right, to foster my openness to God’s mercy and my hope in Him: My relationships with 1. myself, 2. other human beings, and 3. money. While the multifarious challenges of these three, inescapable relationships can seem to obstruct my God-dependency, they actually help me grow in Him, if I choose to do so. I grow in Him on a daily basis, when I “cope” with the insecurities of self, others, and financial matters by opening them all up to His mercy, and letting Him guide and enlighten me through them.

Today let me step out of self-reliance and fear, and let God’s mercy into the picture, because He is, indeed, “with us,” when we let Him in. “Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, even as we have hoped in You.

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