Words from the Heart for Saturday September 21st, 2019
We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act!
Daniel 9:18-19 (NIV)
Declaring mercy always has a place. A judge has given a conditional discharge to a man who got “spectacularly angry” at a Cash Converters over staff’s refusal to give him a refund and battled with police until he was shot. That means Cornell Dussard, 30, a father of three who writes music about peace, won’t be left with a criminal record. The judge told Dussard, “Your behaviour was disgraceful and inexcusable. I have taken you at your word that your conduct was entirely out of character.”
We have all heard of someone who has thrown themselves on the mercy of the court. They recognize their guilt and are repentant. They are genuinely sorry for what they have done and they ask the court to be lenient. The challenge is that the judge or jurors can’t read the heart of that person and it is too easy for the guilty to feign sorrow. But God knows all things and He knows our hearts. Daniel understood this, and in his prayer asking God to allow his people to return to Jerusalem from captivity in Babylon Daniel throws himself on God’s mercy. Daniel 9:18-19 records Daniel’s prayer: “We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act!” This is one of the greatest definitions of grace anywhere in the Bible. Daniel confessed his sin and the sin of God’s people. But he also understood God’s grace, and he throws himself on the mercy of God’s court. We all must do this. All of us are guilty and all of us need God’s grace. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, it is available to you today.
These have been words from the heart.