Good for His name’s sake

Psalm 109:21 But do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name’s sake: Because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me.

The psalmist asks God to do things for Him. He is unashamed to ask God to work on His behalf. He knows that the reason God would do something is because of who He is. God is good. God is concerned about His reputation. God is at work because that is His character.

The psalmist knows that God works because of His mercy. It is not that he deserves God to answer at all. It is that God is merciful. He asks God to work and deliver him from his enemies because God is a God of mercy. He asks God to deliver him because he is living a life that would do honor to God.

You can pray. You can ask God. You can’t ask selfishly. You need to be living for Him. You need to live doing something that brings honor to Him. But when you pray He answers because He said He would. He responds because He is good and full of mercy. He answers because of who He is.

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