Psalm 123:2 NKJV
Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters; as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God until He has mercy on us.
What will it take for us to experience more of God's mercy? It will take more movement toward Him as described in the verse above. How dependent are servants on their masters, and maids on their mistresses? In our modern time we might say, employees on their employers? People have become greatly distressed over a loss of employment because they depended on their jobs so heavily to sustain them and their families. They went to work faithfully, even when they did not feel like it because they needed what the employer promised to give them in exchange for their labor. Their great desire for the reward caused them to work diligently to earn it. We need to think about that in terms of the level of our desire to receive God's mercy manifested in our lives. We, as all humans, experience the mercy of God but the degree to which we experience it may have something to do with how much we want it.