Correct Me Mercifully

O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.

Jeremiah 10:24

This verse immediately reminded me of another verse that I like, Habakkuk 3:2 “O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.”  I like the phrase “in wrath, remember mercy.”  I think that is an important phrase for all of us and it is a phrase that I like to use sometimes when praying.

We all know the devastation that sin brings.  We all know that sin is wrong.  We all know that we reap what we sow.  We all know that, as God’s children, we are going to face His correction when we go astray.  And receiving that correction is an important part of our Christian lives.  But, when we find ourselves in need of correction, we would be wise to remember the verse that says “in wrath, remember mercy.”

In this verse, the prophet is asking the Lord to not correct him in His anger, “lest thou bring me to nothing.”  God would be just in wiping us off the face of the earth every time we sinned.  But He is merciful and slow to wrath.  He would be just in “brining the hammer down” every time we failed Him.  But yet He retains His mercy.

It is an important thing for us to receive correction when we do wrong, but it is also an important thing for us to pray that the Lord will remember mercy when He is forced to correct us.  We deserve all of His wrath being poured out on us, but, thanks be to Him, He is merciful to us.  In wrath remember mercy.

5 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks, Ben

    “It is an important thing for us to receive correction when we do wrong, but it is also an important thing for us to pray that the Lord will remember mercy when He is forced to correct us. We deserve all of His wrath being poured out on us, but, thanks be to Him, He is merciful to us. In wrath remember mercy.”

    I remember a horrible crime that was committed when I was a child. I was very angry and wondered why God didn`t kill the perpetrator. My mother (God bless her soul), reminded me both are sin in His eyes and that He did not view murder any different from lying and Life for life is not His way.

    I`m not a child anymore and there are days I look around at the injustices and wonder how long it will be before the stench rises to His nostrils but I am thankful that he does not pour put His wrath immediately but that He offers mercy and redemption.

    Praying that we`ll remember to show mercy even as mercy has been shown to us.

    Thank you for this, Ben

    Blessings,
    ann

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    • I have thought along those lines that many times. I am glad that we are under grace now and under the Old Testament “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth.” I have found that it is easy for me to sit back and decide who “deserves” mercy and forgiveness, but when it comes down to it, none of us “deserve” it. When I find myself not wanting to be forgiving, I think about the verse that says “forgive others, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you,” and I figure that no person has been forgiven of more than me. I am thankful every day of my life for mercy and redemption!

      Linda’s post was great! (and thanks for the song!)

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  2. Two more things:

    1 – Please check out Linda`s blog
    http://lindakruschke.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/mercy-is-not-for-the-deserving-its-for-us/
    2 – Mercy said No (CeCe Winans)

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  3. Oh yes, Ben. So glad that He is merciful and remembers that we are but dust. God bless you and your prayers today!
    p.s. Thank you Ann for the wonderful comment and song! your grace prints are showing again!

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    • “He remembereth our frame, that we are but dust.” I came across that verse a year or two ago and have gone back to it many times. What a great and humbling truth! Thanks!

      Reply

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