I went to bed last night listening to the book of Lamentations and before I fell asleep, I heard with such clarity, “They (his mercies) are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.” (KJV) I have read the Bible for over four decades, but verse 3:23 of Lamentations impacted me differently last night. For one thing, it was in the midst of the prophet Jeremiah’s lamentation over of the destruction of Judah by the Babylonians. Also, verses on God’s mercy and faithfulness are usually written by David in Psalms.
I then awakened this morning thinking of God’s faithfulness. I knew that the Book of Lamentations depicted the weeping of a brokenhearted Jeremiah over the destruction of Jerusalem. In the midst of that historic catastrophe, Jeremiah could write about God’s mercies and faithfulness. God’s chosen people in Judah had sinned greatly. For many years, Jeremiah had prophesied and appealed to Judah to repent of their sins and avoid God’s judgment in the Book of Jeremiah. He was mocked by the false prophets, imprisoned and eventually thrown into a pit.
God had brought judgment upon the sinful nation of Judah; the destruction depicted by Jeremiah had come true. God allowed the Babylonians to burn the temple; kill most of the people and take some into captivity. Jeremiah states that, “The Lord has done what he planned; he has fulfilled his word, which he decreed long ago. He has overthrown you without pity; he has let the enemy gloat over you; he has exalted the horn of your foes. (Lamentations 3:17)
Jeremiah, “the weeping prophet,” mourned over the destruction of Judah, but, in the midst of this, Jeremiah spoke of God’s faithfulness and his mercies that were new every morning! (v 3:23) The NIV Bible states it this way: “Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone. (v. 3:32-33) God had been long-suffering; he had tolerated Judah’s sins for a long time. Years earlier he had sent Jeremiah to warn Judah to turn from their sins, but he was persecuted and his message was rejected.
So, even though Jerusalem was being destroyed, Jeremiah spoke of a New Covenant that God would make with his people. (Jeremiah 31:31-34) God says, “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Great is God’s faithfulness!
One application for today is that God’s people cannot take his love for granted for God eventually judges those who continue to sin. While God can be long-suffering as he was with Judah, there will come a time of judgment. When we remain in sin, there will be a day of reckoning because God’s holiness cannot withstand sin. If you know the Lord and are in sin, repent today! God is faithful; he will forgive and restore you. Great is God’s faithfulness!
If you do not know the Lord Jesus and you are reading this, you need to be saved. Jesus loves you and he came to earth to redeem you from a life of sin. Say the sinner’s prayer at the bottom of this page and receive your new birth into the kingdom of God. Great is God’s faithfulness!
How much more can those of us who are seeking to live godly lives rejoice! His mercies are new every morning, dear friends! Great is God’s faithfulness!
Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. I believe that you came to the earth to redeem me. Thank you for dying on the cross so that I can be saved. I repent and turn away from my sinful life. Forgive me now of my sins and come into my heart. I receive you Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Help me to live a life dedicated to you. I ask this in your Name, Jesus. Amen.