2019-01-24 - His Mercy Endures Forever
Lamentations 3:22-25 The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.” 25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him.
The first chapter of Lamentations introduces the devastated city of Jerusalem. The second chapter speaks of God's anger at the people who rebelled against Him and more that brought down His anger on the city. Many were taken captive and taken to Babylon. Seventy years later God's anger had been satisfied as Israel begins remember the loving kindness of their LORD. Verse 3:21
This is recall to my mind, Therefor I have hope.As the people begin to bring God's punishment back to mind and in verse 20
Surely my soul remembers And is bowed down within me.
They bowed to God and accepted that their punishment was just. Then a very familiar passage is found next. That God's mercies to His people are new every morning. He is faithful. Hope rises.
Regardless of whether we have a good day or a bad day. The Lord sees us in our trouble. He loves His children. Christians, we gentiles, (Romans 11) were grafted into the faith. The promises given by Jesus were made available to us as well. If that is not mercy I don't know what is.
His mercies are new every morning. We should not forget them. We should cherish them with thankful prayers. The verse says every morning. If your day doesn't start until evening God will hear your gratefulness and be honored and blessed. Many struggle to make ends meet. Some do not make ends meet. This reminds me of the people who both stayed behind at Jerusalem and those who were taken captive. Eventually their hope was rekindled. I see the hope of the church in America being reignited. The flame burns again. The people of faith around the world are finding their hearts awakened and are finding their voices. God first. Make Him the first priority and the others will fall into place as we continue to trust Him. Look back at the times he has supported you and blessed you and take heart that He is still there for you, your family and friends. Stand up and follow the narrow way.
Lord Jesus, even as we stumble to our feet or help others to stand, we are either relearning our trust in You, or are reminding others of your mercy, grace and kindness. We bless You Lord and thank you for Your faithfulness even we are not faithful, or are distracted by the world around us. Give us hope and strength for the journey. Reach us with Your irresistible call to follow You! Amen!
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.