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The Mercy Psalm

King_DavidThe Second Book of Samuel tells of the great sin King David committed when he had one of his soldiers purposely slain in battle so David could take the man’s wife for his own.
Speaking through the prophet Nathan, God told David, “You have done this deed in secret, but I will bring it about in the presence of all Israel, and with the sun looking down”
(2 SM 12:12).
David confessed his crime aloud to the prophet Nathan, who answered, “The Lord has forgiven your sin; you shall not die.”
During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we treasure in a special way the repentant King David’s beautiful Psalm 103, which expresses his acceptance of and gratitude for God’s mercy:

“The Lord is compassion and kindness, full of patience, full of mercy.
He does not treat us as our sins deserve; he does not pay us back for our wrongdoing.
As high as the sky above the earth, so great is his kindness to those who revere him.
As far as east is from west, so far he has put our wrongdoing from us.”

Our prayer today:

Divine God of Mercy,
help us always remember that you care for us
as a mother cares for her children,
even when we least deserve it.

Peter W. Yaremko, a former journalist, is the owner of Executive Media, Inc. and is a specialist in executive communications. He attends St. Peter the Apostle Church in Provincetown, Massachusetts and blogs at

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