Please Have Mercy


About This Song

Bible Reference:  Mark 9:14–29

The story from Mark listed above is a powerful story about a father and a son. The son was struggling with demons and sometimes the evil spirits would overcome him and have him throw himself into the fire. This father, desperate for help, came to the disciples asking for aid. They tried to help but were unable. They asked Jesus. He inquired about the problem. The father told him the sad story, asking for Jesus’ help. Jesus challenges the father, asking him about his faith. The father confesses both his faith and his struggle to hold onto faith. He begs Jesus to help his son even as he begs Jesus to help him in his unbelief. It’s a powerful story of struggle, faith, doubt and the power of Jesus.

When I wrote this song, I was thinking about the love a parent has for their child. We love our children when they are healthy and when they are sick. We love our children when they are happy and when they are sad. We love our children when they are good and when they are bad. When our children are struggling and making bad choices, we can cry out to God. "God, please have mercy on my child!”  We can wish that we could take their place, suffering their punishment and pain for them. We can wish that God would punish us instead. We can wish for these things but we know this is not how God handles them. In a most surprising twist, God actually punishes His own Son on our wayward child’s behalf. Jesus takes the pain, the shame and the suffering for sin that we and our children deserve and carries it to the cross. On the cross, Jesus cries out to His Father, saying “Forgive them, they don’t know what they’re doing.” God pours His mercy and love out on us because of Jesus. He has taken our place and He gives us a new place at God’s table in God’s house.

PRAYER:  Lord, thank You for Your mercy. Thank You for Jesus. Thank You for the cross. Help us to live in Your mercy and forgiveness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.