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But these words are found three-quarters of the way through the Psalm.
confession and the prayer of David opens, not with righteousness or
justification, but with mercy.
'Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy lovingkindness: according
unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies' (Psa. 51:1).
Here David brings together three words that stress the 'freeness' (Heb.
chanan 'have mercy'), the 'loving kindness' (Heb. chesed), the 'tender mercy'
(Heb. rachamim 'bowels', 'compassion', 'pity') as the only basis of his plea.
In this, he was followed by the publican whom the Lord pronounced justified
when he cried, 'God be merciful to me a sinner' (Luke 18:13).
The mercy shown to David after he had fallen so low, is echoed in the
experience of the apostle Paul:
'Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I
obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief' (1 Tim. 1:13).
Such is Paul's conclusion. On the road to Damascus, breathing out
threatening and slaughter, we might have expected that this Pharisee, this
bigot, this persecutor of the name of Jesus of Nazareth, would have been
stricken down with wrath from heaven. Instead he 'obtained mercy'!
This in turn gives the atmosphere and colour of our most gracious
'Howbeit For This Cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ
might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should
hereafter believe on Him to life everlasting' (1 Tim. 1:16).
No wonder the apostle introduces this verse with the words 'worthy of
all acceptation'. No wonder he breaks the continuity of his epistle by
bursting forth into a doxology!
May we, who are called under such a dispensation, not only
rejoice in such mercy for ourselves, but learn to look, in pity rather than
with anger, on the poor ignorant though wicked blasphemers who so often cross
our path, and sorely try, alas, our very un-Christlike dispositions.
See Tabernacle (p. 358).
Near and Nigh. Among the many items of teaching which suggest the difference
of dispensational values in Hebrews and Ephesians, are the references to
nearness. Hebrews urges its readers saying, 'Let us draw near', but
Ephesians says, 'Ye ... are made nigh' (Heb. 10:22; Eph. 2:13). The Greek
word used in Ephesians is eggus, but the word used in Hebrews is
proserchomai. This latter word is not used by Paul anywhere else than in one
reference in 1 Timothy 6:3 where it is translated 'consent'. No parallel is
found in Paul's other epistles with 'drawing near'. The word occurs in the
epistle to the Hebrews seven times, which we set out as follows:
Proserchomai in Hebrews
Let Us ... come boldly unto the throne of grace.
They that come unto God.