25 Psalms About Mercy


Have you ever played the game of mercy? I wouldn’t recommend it.

As a child, I played it with my older brother. I never won. My brother has always been at least 100 pounds heavier than I, so he won every strength game we ever played.

With this game, you interlock fingers and twist and turn, trying to inflict pain until the other person shouts, “Mercy!” It was not my favorite game. I would shout for mercy when our hands touched.

Occasionally, my brother would prolong the hand torture a fraction longer exerting his muscle over me.

That’s the nature of mercy. One person has power, and the other person depends on their compassion.

In life’s grand scheme, God is the one with the power, and we are the ones shouting for mercy.

But God is so much nicer than my brother. He’s also way stronger.

I’ve cried out for mercy several times in my life. When I first realized my sinfulness, I reached for God’s mercy. I was a child, and I’d never heard about justice and what that would require of me. I raised my hand when the scary guy asked if I wanted to accept Jesus.

The next time I cried out for mercy was when I had made some huge mistakes in life. Things I knew I shouldn’t do, but I did anyway, and the consequences were awful. I called out to God, confessing my sinfulness and turning from it back to Him.

I’ve also cried for mercy when the terrible things beyond my control piled up and threatened to keep on coming. I wasn’t sure how much more I could take, so I threw myself on mercy and hoped for the best.

God is powerful and just. He is also loving, kind, and merciful. To understand the magnitude of God’s mercy, we really need to recognize God’s greatness. We must acknowledge His power and justice.

We often focus on God’s grace and love and think little about His righteousness and justice. It’s easy to get caught up in God’s lovingkindness and fail to acknowledge the justice side of things. How could a loving God punish anyone?

But justice is a necessary part of the world. We reap what we sow. It’s fair and right. And even though we may not like it when we face the consequences of our actions, we understand the need for those consequences. The fairness of it.

A payment must be made for wrongs. No one gets to live however they want, hurting others, profaning God, and reveling in moral depravity. An accounting must be given.

And God is merciful. His grace extends even to those who flaunt their freedom to do whatever they want. And His mercy falls on those who would call on Him.

Call out for God’s mercy today. Acknowledge His power. He loves you and wants to be merciful with you. Read over these verses and go under the mercy of our loving Father God.

Psalms 51:1

“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.”

Psalms 103:11

“For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.”

Psalms 23:6

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”

Psalms 57:9 – 57:11

“I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations. For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds. Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.”

Psalms 100:5

“For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”

Psalms 32:10

“Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.”

Psalms 9:13 – 9:14

“Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death: That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.”

Psalms 147:11

“The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.”

Psalms 94:17 – 94:18

“Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence. When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up.”

Psalms 31:16

“Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake.”

Psalms 86:5

“For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.”

Psalms 145:8 – 145:9

“The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.”

Psalms 33:18

“Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;”

Psalms 103:2 – 103:4

“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;”

Psalms 25:6, 10

“Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old. All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.”

Psalms 40:11

“Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.”

Psalms 100:4 – 100:5

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”

Psalms 66:20

“Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.”

Psalms 13:5 – 13:6

“But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.”

Psalms 85:10

“Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.”

Psalms 30:10 – 30:11

“Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD, be thou my helper. Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;”

Psalms 36:5

“Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.”

Psalms 37:21

“The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.”

Psalms 6:2 – 6:4

“Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed. My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long? Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake.”

Psalms 32:10

“Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.”

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