Mercy and Blessing

God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

Psalm 67:1

I was sitting in church a few minutes before the service started and I opened my Bible and glanced at this verse.  What a great verse to “randomly” look at!

Really, our first prayer should always be a prayer for mercy.  We are all sinners.  The Bible tells us that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”  Without God’s pardoning mercy, none of us would have any hope.  Without mercy, none of us could stand before a holy God and ask anything.  We could never even think of asking for His blessing or His favor without first humbly intreating Him for His mercy.  So, now and always, mercy comes first in the order of things.

After we have obtained God’s mercy (through the acceptance of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ), we are then, and only then, free to ask for His blessing.  It has been said that mercy is God not giving us what we deserve and grace is God giving us what we do not deserve.  I think that the difference between those two things can be seen in this verse.  We start with mercy and then we move to blessing.  To be honest, I do not deserve God’s mercy.  And if God had stopped with me right after mercy, I would absolutely nothing to complain about.  In fact, just the fact that God had mercy on a sinner like me would be enough for me to thank Him for eternity.  And I think that most Christians would be able to say the same thing.  But God doesn’t stop at mercy.  He moves on to blessing us.  He has mercy on us, and then His goodness overflows into blessing.  I know I don’t deserve the mercy part and I most certainly don’t deserve the blessing part.  But God is so good that He gives both.

I hope we never get over just how good God has been to us!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you! i had never thought of it that way, first mercy then grace. 🙂 I don’t think I would recognize His grace without receiving His mercy first. This has been a great addition to me, as I have been led to think about grace much lately! God bless you in His mercy and grace! deb


    • That’s true- without His mercy, we probably wouldn’t recognize His grace. We are never going to be able to see His blessings if we don’t first realize how helpless we are and how much we need Him.


  2. Ben, You are so right! If God had stopped after He granted us mercy, we should be enternally grateful that we did not get what we deserve. But being who He is, He did not stop there and has blessed us as well. What a great post pointing out the difference between the mercy and blessings of God. Peace, Linda


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