When you long for justice, pray for mercy.

If you feel like you are being treated unfairly by somebody, if you feel like you are being oppressed by somebody who has a higher position than you do, if you feel like you are being bullied by somebody who is stronger than you are, then pray for mercy.

 

Be careful what you pray for.  When you are being mistreated, you want God to be merciful to you. You want God to give you a break and withhold what you deserve as a sinner who lives in a sin-sick earth.  If God gave you what you deserved, you would always only be miserable.  You don’t want God to give you what you deserve.  You want justice to prevail between you and your oppressor, but you want mercy to prevail between you and God. 

 

You should long for justice from your fellow man. Yes, by all means you should.  But you want mercy from God.  When you are being mistreated, you might think that God hates that person as much as you are tempted to hate him or her. You might think that God is totally on your side in the issue.  Maybe he is, and maybe he isn’t. But whatever justice you might long for from your fellow man, you always want mercy from God.

 

When you long for justice, pray for mercy. 

 

Psalm 123:3-4 (ESV)

3Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us, for we have had more than enough of contempt. 4Our soul has had more than enough of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contempt of the proud.