His Mercies Are New Every Morning 

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22–23, ESV)

it is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed

Aren’t you glad God’s mercies never come to an end, but they are new every morning? This devotional will briefly examine the meaning of God’s unfailing, never-ending mercies. First, let us establish the context of Lamentations 3:22-23.

Jeremiah wrote the book of Lamentations after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians. Jerusalem’s ruin was a judgment from God for the rebellion of Israel against Him. In mercy, God had sent several prophets, including Jeremiah, to turn them from their evil ways; however, they persecuted the prophets and continued in their sins. 

Amidst the anguish over Jerusalem’s ruin, Jeremiah saw God’s compassion in not annihilating the nation of Israel—He preserved a remnant and showed them mercy. God’s attributes, including His power and mercy, are infinite and inexhaustible, in contrast to human abilities. How many of you have been put in a difficult situation, and after a few days, you found yourself running out of the patience you initially had? God never runs out of mercy: His mercies are new every morning.

Our hope is in the steadfastness of God’s love and mercy towards us; we can always count on Him, no matter what we have done. When you blow it, as Israel did, He does not want you to run away from Him. He wants you to come to the throne of grace and obtain mercy in that time of need.

MEDITATE

Think about God’s mercy on us today. What would happen if God responded to our sins today as He did to Israel in the Old Testament? 

APPLY THE WORD

God wants us not to trust in our abilities but in His grace and mercy. We should never take our eyes off God’s mercy and fixate on our abilities—doing so is begging for frustrations, disappointments, and self-condemnation. Let His mercy and grace be the pillows upon which you rest your head constantly.

PRAY

Bless the LORD for His unfailing compassion and mercy toward you.

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