“With what shall I come before the LORD and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (6:6-8)
The LORD doesn’t require our sacrifices in the way we assume. Our King doesn’t arrive in the way we assume.
“He will stand and shepherd His flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD His God. And they will live securely, for then His greatness will reach to the ends of the earth.” (5:4)
God is altogether Holy. His ways are altogether different. Higher, perfect, beautiful.
But here we are, standing in the mess of modern times wondering, along with Micah, where to place our hope.
“But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.” (7:7)
On top of all that, He will rescue us from even ourselves.
“Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.” (7:18-19)
I want to praise the LORD today for His goodness, His love, His Word, and His skills as a shepherd. When I drift down dangerous paths, mindlessly grazing as I go, He swoops in and picks me up, returning me to my rightful place. When I don’t know what to do to show my love and devotion to the LORD, He guides me toward obedience, wrapped up in three beautiful words: justice, mercy and humility. When situations are daunting and begin choking me out, He reminds me of Himself, the true source of hope.
In the face of political corruption, the love of money, seeping even into the body of Christ, bringing us to deserving judgement, He remains ready to throw our sin into the sea. This is who He is. This is my King. This is my Lord. This is my Shepherd. This is my Savior. This is my Delight: to belong to Him.
Let these chapters wash over you today and sink in. Return to the LORD, embrace every part of who He is so He can heal every part of who you are. Hold on to Him, in hope. His love endures forever.