Divine Favour and Mercy

“Many times did he deliver them. But they provoked him with their counsel: and they were brought low by their iniquities. And he saw when they were in tribulation: and he heard their prayer. And he was mindful of his covenant: and repented according to the multitude of his mercies. And he gave them unto mercies, in the sight of all those that had made them captives. Save us, O Lord, our God: and gather us from among nations: That we may give thanks to thy holy name, and may glory in thy praise. Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say: So be it, so be it.” (Psalm 105:43-48, Douay-Rheims)

In our faith, God’s favour is associated with His mercy and grace. These verses reflect the fact that God’s mercy is a central aspect of His nature.

It is our belief that God is infinitely loving and compassionate, always ready to extend His grace to those who seek Him with sincere hearts. When someone prays this Psalm, they are acknowledging their need for God’s mercy and expressing trust in His willingness to help and bless them.

“And he was mindful of his covenant: and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.” (verse 45)

This verse helps us see the covenant relationship between God and His people. In the Old Testament, God established covenants with figures like Abraham, Moses, and David, promising His protection, guidance, and blessings in exchange for obedience and fidelity. As Catholics we see ourselves as part of this ongoing covenant relationship with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Praying for God to favour His people is a way of reaffirming that covenant and asking for God’s continued care and presence.

We are taught to approach God with a sense of humility, recognising our own limitations and acknowledging God’s sovereignty. By asking God to remember and favour His people, we are acknowledging our reliance on His wisdom and power.

In times of difficulty, uncertainty, or distress, we may turn to this Psalm as an expression of hope and trust in God’s providence. By asking God to remember us and others, and extend His favour, we are expressing confidence that God’s loving care will guide us through challenges and lead us toward a deeper relationship with Him.

May God bless you +

Fr. Charles