But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me;
give your strength to your servant,
and save the son of your maidservant.
17 Show me a sign of your favor,
that those who hate me may see and be put to shame
because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.
– Psalm 86:15-17
“SHOW ME THE MONEY!!” Or to be more pious, “SHOW ME A SIGN!!!!” Have you ever asked for a sign from God? I have to admit I am hesitant to pray such a prayer as the words “This generation is an evil generation. It seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah” (Luke 11:29) But then I realize a sign has already been given, it is the sign that is the answer to King David’s prayer. No greater sign has been given than the cross. How great is the love of one who would die for those who reviled Him? The sign has been given to show us exactly how merciful and gracious God truly is.
He comes the broken heart to bind,
The bleeding soul to cure,
And with the treasures of His grace
To enrich the humble poor.
– Hark the Glad Sound (LSB 349:3)