HAVE MERCY ON ME
Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.
This is any amazing prayer, prayed by David after he had sinned with Bathsheba. In this verse we see David crying out for mercy, using three different words describing the mercy of the Lord. The first word is the word chanan. This is the first use of the word mercy in this verse. This is a beautiful word that describes the love of God stooping down to minister to us. Strong’s word dictionary defines this word like this.
“chanan-properly to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior; to favor, bestow; causatively to implore (that is, move to favor by petition)”
This is a beautiful picture of the condescension of Jesus Christ as He stooped down to us by becoming a man. His whole life was a defining of this word chanan. Throughout His ministry, He was “stooping down” to minister to the blind, the maimed, the cripple, the poor, the depressed; this is the reason Jesus became a man, to display the mercy of God to broken people like us.
Today, Jesus is exactly the same. He is constantly ministering to the hurting today, just as He did during His time on earth.
Maybe you can relate to David’s prayer, his sins were bringing destruction into his life. In his desperation he called to the Lord. Maybe you find yourself in difficult times today, facing troubles because of decisions or sins in your past. Rather than being discouraged, condemned, or even angry about your circumstances, you can look to the Lord for mercy. The Lord is a merciful God, call out to Him in prayer. Call upon His “chanan”, He loves to stoop down and show His love to those who call out to Him in desperation. The Lord is good, and His mercy endures forever. Today, He is still stooping down, He is reaching out in love to you, call upon Him when you are in trouble, He will deliver you and you will glorify Him.