“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.” Psalm 51:1 (KJV)
This Psalm are the words of David to the LORD following the confrontation of his sin with Bathsheba. David is guilty of sin; adultery, and murder of Uzziah the husband of Bathsheba. David deserves to die. That would be justice.
Because of David’s repentant heart God gives David mercy, and preserves his life.
In 2015 I have heard many call out for “Justice”, and yes sometimes that seems in short supply. There is justice for many unborn children, but no mercy. There is much mercy shown to those who do not deserve mercy, because they have shown no mercy. Wait a minute. Who deserves mercy?
Let me define what these words mean; at least as I see them. First “Justice” equals getting what is rightly deserved – death, judgment. “Mercy” equals not receiving what we justly deserve – but instead receive forgiveness, life, love, liberty.
The Psalmist asked for mercy. I believe he received it. He received forgiveness, cleansing, and his sins blotted out. Hear the word of the LORD;
“I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.” Isaiah 43:25
My prayer is that we ask for mercy from God for our transgressions, our sins; and that we also ask for mercy for those who sin against us. I need mercy. What about you?