The Lord’s mercies keep us from being consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22–23, KJV)
Understanding God’s character lays the foundation for a strong relationship with Him. He is a merciful and gracious God. Today, we delve into what Jeremiah meant when he declared God’s mercies are new every morning.
The Hebrew term “chesed,” often translated as “mercy,” carries several subtle meanings. At its core, it embodies God’s ability to withhold deserved judgment upon witnessing the suffering of His people. This concept is best illustrated through biblical examples.
Jeremiah penned the Book of Lamentations after experiencing the harsh devastation of Jerusalem by the Babylonians. Israel had violated God’s covenant, earning punishment under the Law. Yet, God spared some, including Jeremiah. In this context, Jeremiah’s words about not being wholly consumed underscore God’s unfailing compassion.
God’s mercy also shines brightly in our salvation through Christ. Despite being sinners destined for death, we are now alive and heirs to God’s glory. This miraculous transition owes itself to God’s mercy and grace. God, moved by human misery, overturned the verdict of sin by sending Jesus as a redeemer for our sins.
God’s mercies do not fail. They renew every morning. Each day we awaken to God’s mercy in its freshest, fullest form. His mercy does not deplete. The phrase “new every morning” does not suggest a daily replenishment of a spent supply. Rather, it reinforces that His mercies never deplete. His mercy remains unchanging – constant from morning to evening.
Learn to approach the throne with prayer and faith, to seek mercy in times of need (Hebrews 4:16).
Reflect on Lamentations 3:22-23 above and its relevance to your life.
Apply the Word
God hears our cries in suffering and misery. He did that for our sins and promised to extend the same mercy for our struggles in relationships, finances, health, family, and more(Romans 8:32). Bring all your problems to God’s throne, and ask for mercy. (Hebrews 4:16)
Praise the Lord for His unending mercies.
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