Assyria will not save us; we will not ride on horses, and we will say no more, “Our God,” to the work of our hands because in you the fatherless child finds mercy.” (Hosea 14:3, LEB)

This is part of the call to repentance that is contained in the last chapter of Hosea.  When God’s people were apostate they hoped that the wicked, pagan nation Assyria would help save them instead of relying upon God.  They trusted in the strength of horses instead of the strength of God, and they worshiped idols rather than the one true God.

And then this beautiful gem: in you the fatherless child finds mercy. One Hebrew lexicon defines “mercy” as: “have compassion on, show mercy, take pity on, show love, i.e., have feelings and actions of kindness and concern for one in difficulty, regardless of one’s state of guilt for an offense, usually based in a relationship or association.” God’s mercy to the fatherless is true regardless of the worthiness of the fatherless child.  This is who God is.  This is his character.

Rarely does an orphan find mercy from society at large.  An orphan might find indifference, lack of concern and care, impatience, or unkindness, but society generally has had little mercy for orphans, unless that society was infused with those who worship and follow God.  George Mueller’s entire life in England was dedicated to providing for the care of orphans because George’s compassion for the orphan was driven by his understanding of God’s concern for orphans.

We know from Hosea that God is the God of the fatherless, will we be people of the fatherless on behalf of our Father?