The Greek word for “mercy seat” in is hilasterion, which means “that which makes expiation” or “propitiation.” It carries the idea of the removal of sin.
The original Hebrew word translated as “Mercy Seat” is kapporeth, and means as a noun to cover, a lid or a top. As a verb its meaning is to pardon, to atone for or to cover a debt.
In essence the mercy seat is all about God’s forgiveness. But the above the mercy seat God’s presence would also be…
For me it signifies something of God’s character. He chooses to let His presence hover over mercy. It is as if mercy is part of His presence… that you cannot go into His presence without mercy!
If you long to dwell in His presence, mercy must be a part of your life! Receiving mercy from God and extending it to others!
Matthew 5:7 (AMP)
Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy!