“Have mercy upon me, O God . . .” (Psalm 51:1)
Almost everyone has heard people make a plea for clemency. Some of them are silly, while others are serious. Today some say, “Lord, have mercy” flippantly, superfluously, and superficially. We say it at athletic, academic, political, social, and religious events. Yet the phrase “Lord, have mercy” is more than a linguistic filler. The clause consists of theocentric language. Regardless of the situation or circumstances, all of us someday will say those very words. Everyone will make either a public or a private confession of contrition.


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