Lord, Have Mercy


Mark 10:48 Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”


The blind man cried out to Jesus — he wanted to be healed! While the man was physically blind, he had spiritual insight into who it was that was before him. This Jesus was the Son of David, he was the son of the King! The blind man was not worthy to be in the King’s presence, but he cried out for mercy that he might be completely and entirely made whole.


There is a sense in which we are drawn into familiarity with God, a closeness with him that breaks down the walls of formality. But there is also a place in which we are humbled in his very presence.

The awesomeness of God is beyond our comprehension.  The blind man got it. His inability to see physically may have helped him to be more sensitive spiritually. Unfortunately our ability to see may create spiritual blindness for us. Until we are able to recognize the greatness of our God we may not be coming before him in genuine humility. Bartimaeus was healed for he recognized his need for God’s mercy.

We are in desperate need of God’s mercy and grace in our lives. When life becomes more than we can bear, we may face moments when all we can do is cry “out even more loudly, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’”


Lord, have mercy.  Amen.


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