Over the past few weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time listening to Amanda Cook’s Brave New World album, released last fall. In particular, her song “Mercy” has been playing over and over in my head. It’s an incredible song full of truth, strength, promise… especially this line:
You delight in showing mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgement.
She repeats this over and over throughout the song, almost as if to make sure we get it. Like, there’s something deep within these two statements that we need to understand.
It makes me think of the adulteress woman that came before the feet of Jesus in John 8. She had messed up -- big time -- and was being accused and badgered by all of those around her for her sin. Jesus picked her up and showed her mercy, rather than giving her the judgement that all those around her thought she deserved.
Sometimes when I take the stage to lead worship, I am more aware than ever of my sin and shortcomings. Can you relate? You’re on stage and leading others, which seems to automatically elevate you to a place of holiness. When the reality is, we have all fallen short of the glory of God, even those of us in leadership roles. If you’re like me, I know I’ve fallen short and often have a hard time accepting the mercy and the grace that the Lord gives me to breathe in every day. I so quickly get consumed by the weight of my sin and allow that to impact my leading, as thoughts of unworthiness and shame take over.
But Jesus delights in showing mercy to us. He gives us scripture after scripture, reminding us that his mercies are new every morning (Lam 3:23) and available to every believer (Eph 4:7). It’s not an obligation for Him. He could choose to harshly judge and punish us for our wrongs, but He chooses mercy again and again.
If He has removed our transgressions from us as far as the east is from the west, how much more should we forgive ourselves? We need to allow that same mercy that conquered the grave to triumph over the judgement that fills our minds. We are imperfect people, made perfect through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. I challenge you to lean into these truths and allow His mercy to be the foundation upon which you stand as you lead God’s people in worship.
For they are new every. single. morning. And He delights in showing it.
Now, let’s receive it.
Soak up this truth dear friends, and be blessed by this song.