MONDAY 22ND MARCH, 2021
THEME: A PLEA FOR MERCY
PASSAGE: HABAKKUK 3:1-5
MEMORY VERSE: Habakkuk 3:2 “LORD, I have heard of Your fame; I stand in awe of Your deeds, O LORD. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath, remember mercy.”
HYMN: MHB 350 (L.M.) –WITH broken heart and contrite sigh
In the Old Testament “Mercy” expresses God’s goodness toward those that are in trouble and sin. Prov. 16:6 states that “By mercy and truth, iniquity is purged and by the fear of the Lord, men depart from evil.” “Plea for Mercy” here depicts urgent prayer or an appeal for God’s kindness and compassion.
Prophet Habakkuk cried to God for mercy, having witnessed the high level of injustice, contentions, violence, violation of God’s law, and the wicked oppressing the righteous in Judah. He was perplexed to see how God could use an evil nation like Babylon to punish Israel, His own people (Hab 1:6,12-13). He discovered that it was only the mercy of God that could save the Israelites from the ruthless Babylonians and thus pleaded for mercy. Only God’s mercy softened His wrath over the Israelites after worshipping the golden calf (Exo 34:1-4).
Whoever is humble to plead for mercy receives it because God’s mercy endures forever (Ps 118:2). The blind Bartimaeus regained his sight when he cried for mercy (Mk 10:46). Nineveh was pardoned after fasting and pleading for mercy (Jonah 3:10). Humility, repentance and importunity attract God’s mercy but pride kindles His wrath against individuals, families and nations. God does not despise a broken and contrite heart (Ps 51:17).
Let us repent and intercede for errant brethren and leaders. God desires mercy and not sacrifice and blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy (Matt. 5:9). Stop complaining but start pleading for mercy like Habakkuk did in the passage. If you are sincere with yourself, you will see that you need to plead for the mercy of God. Because all have sinned (Rom. 3:23), we all have fallen short of the glory of God and so we need to always plead for mercy.
PRAYER: Oh Lord! have mercy on us and help us to stop complaining, but to focus on obtaining mercy and being merciful to others, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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