As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?”
“Lord, I want to see,” he replied.
Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God. Luke 18:35-43
The man in this passage of scripture cried out for mercy from Jesus. And boy did he receive it! He was blind but now could see. He encountered the sweetest mercy he could have ever hoped for or imagined. And the response of his heart was immediate praise. He offered himself and followed Jesus. And it multiplied from there. When the onlookers saw what happened, they too began praising God.
Lord we ask for an encounter with Your mercy. Let it cause us to praise Your name and live in surrender to You. This is where we thrive! In following You. It is where we find peace…hope…joy… purpose. God, teach us to be merciful. And let every act of mercy explode into praise. Cause each act of mercy and burst of praise to be multiplied, like a chain reaction. Let the joyful noise rise before Your throne. You are so worthy!
Author: Kerri Barfield