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.

5 Replies to “HAVE MERCY”

  1. Been there myselve, i can only pray and stay close to the lord to stay away from sinful pitfalls that would rob me from the lord im glad he renews his mercys most would be in real trouble if he didnt its by his mercy we are still with him and we breath air he is quick to forgive and to restore we have to forgive ourselves that is the biggie saten likes to get in there and lead us into self condemnation when the lord has forgiven us because we may have blown it we cant listen to this garbage it is garbage one thing we can rest in 1st john says if we are faithful and just to confess our sins the lord will forgive pour sins and restore us in his rightousness and clense us. our children play in the mud we give them a bath maybr a swat or two on their rearends for coming in dirty and messing up the house the lord does that to us also because he loves us and so we will stay out of the mud

  2. Swooping down to catch us reminds me of the eagle diving down in search of food. And also the magnificent graceful ability of the eagle to lift heavy objects rapidly to great altitudes reminds me of Isaiah 40:31, “But they that wait ( derived from a greek word meaning braid or to become one with) upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” May we all soar like eagles with the Lord and His Spirit when we feel weary of this natural world or unjustly persecuted. In His Light and Love.

    1. I was actually describing the humility of Christ as He “stooped” to meet us in our human dilemmas. David was crying out for “chanan” which is the ministry of a superior to an inferior.

  3. 1 15 11 Frank, our first grandson is named Hanan, an American version of Chanan. Our daughter in law Courtney found the word and its meaning while she was pregnant and thought ‘that’s the name I want.’ This is a wonderful reminder/message–I will share it with her.
    God bless you!

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