Lamentations 3:22-23 English Standard Version (ESV)
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
There are so many things in life that come and go. As I have often heard: “here today, gone tomorrow.” Examples of this concept would contain so many stories and illustrations that one could fill an entire library with the content. The writer of The Lamentations makes a faith declaration: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;” It is a bold statement of faith! In spite of how you feel, or the circumstances of your life and regardless of the things that come to an end, God remains steadfast and loving toward us! The Psalmist also reminds us of this truth:
Psalm 103:4: “who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,”
Regarding His mercies, they tell us in Lamentations 3:33 “his mercies never come to an end.” What is mercy? How is it used in the Bible?
Mercy is a concept integral to an understanding of God’s dealings with humankind. In English translations of the Bible, it comes to expression in phrases such as “to be merciful, “ “to have mercy on, “ or “to show mercy toward.” The corresponding term, “merciful, “ describes a quality of God and one that God requires of his people. The noun denotes compassion and love, not just feelings or emotions, as expressed in tangible ways. Mercy in the New Testament is the pattern of God’s dealings with people in the Old Testament, at the core of which is mercy, also provides the shape for understanding his dealings in the New Testament. God desires a relationship with humankind but must show mercy to them in order for this relationship to be built. Of course, the New Testament expounds the theme of God’s mercy in the light of Christ, the supreme expression of love, mercy, and grace.
The Lord our God is not just merciful, He is forever merciful; He is a God who is eternally merciful!
When the children of Israel were wandering through the wilderness, a complaint arose regarding their food. Moses received a message from the Lord, He would send them manna every morning. New fresh manna would appear on the ground and they would gather it, this substance that the Bible says tasted like honey infused bread. It was “heavenly” food. God provided this daily for His people. They were told to take just enough for the day, there would be a fresh supply tomorrow. If you know human nature, then you know what happened, someone thought they knew better than God. One day some gathered extra it was their “just in case” supply. Just in case God did not keep His word, just in case they got did not get their fill, they would have extra. When they later in the day went to retrieve the extra, the manna was spoiled and ruined. God had promised to take care of them daily! He always keeps His Word!! Verse 23 says regarding His mercies: “they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”Just like the manna God provided for His people long ago, He provides for His people today new fresh mercies! I do not have to live on yesterday’s mercy. I receive a fresh supply each and every day! Yesterday’s mercy was needed and I could not have made it through without His mercy. Today is a new day and I need His new mercy for a new day and for whatever challenges await me today! Today I will depend on the Lord’s mercy, kindness, and grace!
Allow me to give you three simple exercises for today:
1 Count your blessings! I know it is not the Thanksgiving Holiday, but there are blessings to count every day.
2 Be a blessing to someone today! It is not just enough to be a receiver of blessings; we need to be a channel of blessings to all we come in contact with today.
3 Take time to thank Him for His daily supply of love and mercy upon your life! We do not deserve His love and mercy, but we are thankful, grateful and blessed!