Lord Have Mercy


Have mercy on me, God, in accord with your merciful love; in your abundant compassion blot out my transgressions.  Thoroughly wash away my guilt; and from my sin cleanse me.  For I know my transgressions; my sin is always before me.  Against you, you alone have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your eyes so that you are just in your word, and without reproach in your judgment.  -  Psalm 51:3-6


One of the great mysteries, the beauties, and the ironies of our Christian Faith is that the thing we need the most is also the thing that we do not deserve, the thing we could never earn.  It is Mercy.  As Lizzy and I began praying about this project and what the Lord was asking us to write about, this theme of His love and His mercy kept coming to our hearts. We know we need it, but if I’m being honest with you, this is one of the hardest things for us to ask for.  Asking for mercy means admitting my own weakness, my own failure, my own inability to “fix it myself”…it means being humbled.  It also means I need something I don’t already have, it requires me to go outside of myself, it requires me to ask for a gift that I cannot and will not ever be able to repay.  It means being a beggar before God.  Perhaps at times in our lives it’s easy to fall into a perspective of self-righteousness in which we can see the way that those around us need God’s mercy and healing, but we can’t see our own need. Precisely this is the tragedy: we can't see our own need,  and we become starved for mercy simply because we’ve forgotten how to cry out for it.

Lord Have Mercy is a song we wrote to be this cry.  It’s the same cry of David in Psalm 51, it’s the cry of our own hearts.  We wanted to write a song that doesn’t hesitate to cry out from exactly where we are and for exactly what we need: Mercy.  As we were writing, we were struck by the humility of St. Dismas, crucified next to Jesus, asking for what he needed most: “Lord, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”  He knew his guilt, he knew his sin, and he knew that his punishment was just...but he asks for mercy, and it is given to him.  Our prayer for you and for this song is that we might all have the humility and the courage to cry out to God for the mercy that we need.  Lord, have mercy on us!

Written by: Greg Boudreaux of Greg&Lizzy