One With the Heart of God

Michael Beck

“Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them.” (Psalm 106:23)

God wants to see His heart in ours. He wants us to be “as He is” in this world. (I John 4:17) Yes, He is angry when He sees evil in the earth. So much so that it “repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.” (Gen. 6:6) When we are indignant at the evil we see in another we need to be reminded: “If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.” (Psalm 130:3,4)

Moses certainly got hot with anger when he saw the people dancing around the golden calf. (Ex. 32:19) But before that, he stood in the gap when the Lord told him: “Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them” (Ex. 32:10) Intercessory prayer is an act of mercy. It takes God’s side in that it knows another is worthy of judgment, but it asks Him to remember mercy. “… In wrath remember mercy.” (Hab. 3:2)

Intercessory prayer pleases God because it unites us with God’s own deepest pleasure. The Lord takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. (Ezek. 33:11) He does not rejoice in judgment; He delights in mercy. (Micah 7:18) He is not pleased that anyone should perish. (2 Pet. 3:9)

The wrong of others should make us indignant. But first and foremostly people need our prayers. Put on mercy and stand in the gap. Remember, you also were once far from the heart of God. Be at one with Him now. Don’t “leave Him alone” in His wrath, join Him in mercy.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.