The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
In those who hope in His mercy. Psalm 147:11
Once a while ago I was in the throws of guilt over a sin I had committed. My fault, my own fault, my own most grievous fault. No excuses. Guilty.
I felt so horrible. I couldn't find anyplace for my conscience to escape the accusations against me. I was reading my Bible, trying to find comfort and not doing too well until I came upon this verse. Suddenly it dawned like light in my head. God wants me to hope in His mercy! Mercy is something that only comes to those who don't deserve it. That is what makes it mercy and not merit. He was pleased with me when I turned to Him in hope that He would be merciful. I thought I deserved a good flogging, (and I was right.) but my trying to punish myself earned nothing with Him. He wanted me to hope in His mercy.
What a rich God we serve.