Have Mercy on me Oh God

From the middle of the storm, a poem was birthed. The words are few but given for any who wonder at the waves they face. His compassion pours forth, and OH! His love comes rushing when each child calls.


Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions. Psalm 51:1 NIV


Have mercy on me Oh God

The tears burned heavy on my face

As the heat crawled up my neck

Humiliation roared in my ears

Like the tempest of the storm


Have mercy on me Oh God

His voice burned heavy in my heart

As the words He spoke to my ears

“Stay here sit with Me”

Fell as a mystery in the pain


Have mercy on me Oh God

The pain had pinned me down

As the shame blackened my heart

There was no way out

No striving could bring an escape


Have mercy on me Oh God

Why have You forsaken me, My Father?

Naked HE hung

He chose the cup drinking

Humiliation that was meant for me.


I have been bought with a price

Purchase won by blood

His body offered for me

I give my body back

The receiving and the offering


And the rivers roar

And the healing washes

And the rescue comes


Have mercy on me OH GOD

It was mercy that held Him there.

It is mercy that holds me here

Humiliation lifted, Humility born

In the bosom of my Lord.







Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise. Psalm 51:15-17





Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:19-29 NIV



I am so grateful for all of your prayers for and with me over these changing seasons, as I prepare for new medications once again. My Lord is such a merciful God, full of compassion for each one of us.


Today I would like to pray for you:


Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray for each hurting heart that might read these words today. If they are a good friend of mine, or if they are a stranger that I have never met, my heart’s cry for them is the same: Would You wrap them in Your arms today? Would You give them a glimpse of Your Calvary love? I ask that You would show them how valuable they are to You. I ask that You would show them what has been won for them at the cross. I ask that You would rescue each heart and lift away their shame and humiliation. Birth in them Your life of love. Thank You for the gift of Your body broken for each broken soul.

In the name of Your precious son, Jesus, I pray,




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37 thoughts on “Have Mercy on me Oh God

    1. Dear Julie,
      OH yes He is all mercy for and in us, isn’t He? I am so thankful that you could sense that washing and peace that Jesus brings. I have been praying peace and blessing over you as you share from your heart today also.

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  1. Beautiful, life-giving words, sweet friend! And, thank you for that anointed prayer at the end. I receive it as answered, in Jesus’ name! May He wrap you in His arms and hold you close, too. 🙂

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    1. Dear Cheryl,
      I am so very grateful that the Lord spoke to you through the prayer He guided me to share. You are such a precious sister in the Lord, and I am thankful for all of your sweet words and prayers. Blessings, love, and hugs for you!


  2. Oh, Bettie, I felt for you every step of the way as your pain filled lament reached heaven’s throne and seared my heart as well. Then the turning comes. An alteration occurs. These words suggest a change in rhythm in your beautiful poem and mercy finally being given: “And the rivers roar/ And the healing washes/ And the rescue comes.” Praise God for relief coming in the surrender! Our broken bodies given over to Him in recognition of the way His was broken and bled freely for our sake. I ache inside at the thought of all you are having to endure, my friend. But I cannot deny how awed I am too at the sweet fruit that arises in your spirit and leaks out here to inspire, encourage and bless us. Prayers continue for mercy and healing. Sending gentle hugs, blessings and love. xoxo

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    1. Dear Joy,
      I so appreciate all of your support and encouragement on this journey. You have been such a faithful friend to me, understanding and sharing in this chronic illness path. And you express so well the beauty that our Lord brings to us in the surrender: “Our broken bodies given over to Him in recognition of the way His was broken and bled freely for our sake.” His suffering for our benefit is so overwhelming and truly humbling. And yes, Praise God for His own sweet relief for us! I am so thankful for your prayers, and I pray the same for you, Dear Friend. Gentle hugs, blessings and love to you also. xoxo

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    1. Dear Lynn,
      Thank you so much for your encouragement and your prayers. Truly they mean so much to me! I am grateful that the Lord brought blessing to you here today through these small words. Yes, His arms are so precious now, holding and carrying me! Blessings and love to you!

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  3. Bettie, this is so beautiful! Jesus coming to you in your pain as you cried out for mercy. And then these words set apart just give me chills –
    “And the rivers roar

    And the healing washes

    And the rescue comes”

    Thank you so much for sharing and being so vulnerable. It’s a beautiful lament that leads us to Jesus, the One who gave up all for us. Thank you also for your prayer. Blessings, love and hugs to you my dear sister/poet/friend! xoxo

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    1. Dear Gayl,
      Thank you for all of your prayers and encouragement over these days my friend! What an amazing Lord we have, who really does meet us here in the midst of our hardest days. I am so overwhelmed that He would send His love and rescue for us. And I am grateful for the prayers that He calls us to pray for each other! Blessings, love and hugs to you also my Dear sister/poet/friend! xoxo

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  4. I’m so sorry you have to struggle with the pain you do, Bettie. I pray the new medication helps! And yet through all this, it’s awesome to see and feel how your brokenness leads you deeper into Jesus’ loving sacrifice for us. Your poem and prayer touches my heart with God’s mercy and compassion. Thank you! I love the song, too. Love and hugs to you!

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    1. Dear Trudy,
      Thank you for your all of your kind caring and praying for me. I am so grateful for your understanding, as you have also walked through such hard days. Our Lord does meet us there in our most broken places with His loving sacrifice. My prayers are with you too! Love and hugs to you Dear Friend! xoxo

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    1. Dear Jennifer,
      I am glad to meet you here today! And glad that we can pray for each other, because of Jesus we are already connected! Thank you for your sweet words. I am heading over to your site now! Blessings to you!


  5. Rereading these beautiful words, my heart is undone by these especially:
    “He chose the cup drinking
    Humiliation that was meant for me.”
    I just cannot fathom a love like that…in those moments shame just presses so deep, it just stuns me to think our Jesus CHOSE to join us in that place. That when shame just overwhelms us, He holds out His hand to us right there. I hear myself saying: “but how can you love me like this. When I am so ugly here.” And He says: “but you are beautiful to me. Right here.” So thankful for you, Bettie. Praying for sweet relief in the pain and for peace to guard your heart as you step forward on the path Jesus is lighting before you.

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    1. Dear Anna,
      Thank you so very much for all of your prayers and sweet words of encouragement. His mercy is just so deep and great for us, isn’t it? I can never fathom how much He has given for me. I am so stunned that He would have taken up that humiliation on my behalf also. How could He desire to be with me in those most awful places, and yet that is right where His love sees us as so beautiful because He knows the cleansing that He has poured over us there. I am so grateful for your friendship and love also. Love and Hugs to you my dear friend! xo


  6. Thank you for the powerful words in your poem. God is always teaching you and you express yourself so beautifully in response. I’m always blessed when I join you here. Your transparency provides insight into how God is working in your life. This helps me in my own faith journey. Blessings!

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    1. Dear Mary,
      Thank you for your sweet words–God is surely working so much in my heart. He is so good to take me in my utter weakness and failings and show me how powerful He is there. I am so blessed that the Lord would bring help to you here as He speaks. What a precious Lord we have that wants our whole hearts. Blessings to you!

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