Mercy, Not Sacrifice
“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; mercy and truth go before Your face.”
– Psalm 89:14 (NKJV)
There are two sides of God’s throne — one side is judgment, the other mercy. Intercession has the power to move people from one side to the other.
The Bible says that mercy and truth go before His face. We decide whether we are greeted with mercy or with truth.
If you embrace Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you have embraced truth, and therefore grace is extended to you from the throne. But those who reject Christ reject truth, and therefore miss out on grace and will have to endure truth when they stand before the throne of God.
When Jonah preached judgment in Nineveh, the king proclaimed a fast throughout the land and the entire nation repented. What happened next? God relented of His intended judgment and spared the Ninevites, but Jonah the judgment preacher got angry!
I love the story of King Hezekiah. The prophet Isaiah was sent to his house and told the king to set his house in order, as he was going to die of the sickness with which he was afflicted.
Upon receiving the word of the Lord, the king cried out to God and repented. Then the Lord spoke to Isaiah and told him to go back to the king — God had changed His mind and would extend his life by fifteen years.
The Bible is full of God seemingly changing His mind. What is actually taking place is God willingly moving people from judgment to mercy because there are folks who know His heart and choose to intercede.
The whole point of Jesus coming to die upon the cross should be proof enough that God does not desire to give us what we deserve.
Listen to Jesus’ harsh rebuke of the “judgment junkies” of His day:
But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners. — Matthew 9:13 NIV
Prayer shifts people from God’s judgment to God’s mercy. It’s so powerful, and it is so essential. So join the prayer meeting in your church.
Don’t become that church that has given up hope in the grace and mercy of God and stands there condemning your city because of its sinfulness. Instead, begin to cry out for your city and intercede, moving people from the judgment of God to the mercy of God!
Dear Merciful God, I cry for your mercy to prevail over my community, city, and nation. I intercede against the consequence of killings and shedding of blood in this land. I ask for your mercy over people in my immediate community especially the young adults who are hooked on drugs, sexual immorality, greed and other vices. Have mercy Oh Lord! Shine the light of salvation on us. Forgive us and heal our land. May your restoration spread like wildfire.
In Jesus Name I plead. Amen.