“David said to Gad, ‘I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into human hands.’”
2 Samuel 24:14, NIV
Life unfolds on us, and it should cause us to turn directly at Him. It won’t take us to long to grasp the incredible beauty that is now ours. We understand very little, apart from our connection with Him. Our relationship is vital, and we turn and receive all that He gives.
At moments like these, I gravitate toward mercy. I don’t know why, I just do. Mercy is a wonderful characteristic to have. We reach through the armholes and tie it on. It’s like a ‘life preserver’ for strugglers. We fit into it like a glove. Only when we receive mercy, can we become merciful. And when you are merciful, everyone knows.
Mercy makes us step out into a new direction, and we begin to accumulate a fresh sense of being. We turn into the wind, and prepare to launch, like the old Navy carriers. We are ‘shot’ into heaven, with very little regard to what we will do, when we get there. Catapulted into sky, we quickly learn how to make it work.
But mercy is also a treat. It carries a deep sense of joy and grace. When we drive it home we make it understandable, and many will gravitate toward that. Mercy comes and penetrates our fog. Mercy communicates a solid grace. It brings us securely home, like nothing else can.
David has put confidence into the mercy of God. Given a choice between the mercy of God and the dealings of man, he quickly chooses God. David, is familiar with the wickedness of men. He has seen it all first-hand. But the great mercy of God excels beyond David’s desire. ‘Let it be God, and I will take everything that He gives’.
Mercy insists that we take her seriously. Kindness is a reasonably ‘substantial’ grace. But when we show Mercy, it is a great step in spiritual warfare. When mercy shines out, it destroys strongholds completely. Being merciful is an exceptional gift–when we show it, we’ll penetrate an entrenched evil and terrible darkness.