Every morning God’s mercy is fresh and new
Have you ever smelled fresh-baked bread as it comes out of the oven?
I remember mornings in the Philippines when I’d walk by a bakery and smell the fresh pan de sal rolls baked fresh every day. It makes me hungry just thinking about it!
Living near the beach in North Florida, I enjoy taking in the fresh salt air drifting in from the ocean or the rain evaporating with the first rays of daybreak.
These images come to mind as I read these verses about the Lord’s mercies being new every morning. They bring great assurance though written during a very dark time in the history of Israel.
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)
The book of Lamentations is a series of poetic and prayerful laments — expressions of grief.
The Jewish temple and city of Jerusalem were destroyed and the people carried off into exile by the Babylonian empire. It marked the beginning of a 70-year exile for Israel from their promised homeland.
Their exile was brought on by Israel’s unfaithfulness to God—their failure to keep His covenant promise with them. It was a severe punishment held off by prolonged appeals by God to His people through His prophets.
The darkness of despair
Depression sets in when we feel a sense of hopelessness, which most of us experience in some way at times.
No one can endure the crush of a dark failure without some hope.
But unchecked, depression tends to be all-consuming—like a black hole that sucks every bit of light into its darkness. It’s not a rational state but an emotional one. Logic is overcome by despair.
But God’s mercy is far greater than any darkness or depression. It never fails. Never! Every person fails in something at some point in life. But not God. He is ever-faithful and “His mercies never come to an end.”
God’s mercy is far greater than any darkness or depression
Just as this message of light pierced the darkness of Israel’s exile, we need to hold to this truth of God’s mercy. When we do, we will not be so easily consumed by depression or the darkness of the world around us.
Is it a simple choice? Not quite, but it’s a choice that can be made in a preventative way. The more we realize and experience the Lord’s mercy day by day, the better equipped we’ll be when things begin to get dark around us.
Things to do and consider—
How have you experienced the Lord’s mercy in both small and great ways in your own life? Here are a couple ways to take in God’s fresh mercy.
Begin each day thanking the Lord for His fresh new mercies. Keep a journal or take stock at the beginning or end of each day to see the effect this has on your outlook on life and people around you.
Open your Bible each day and read something about God’s mercy. Use a concordance (in the back of many Bibles) to find specific verses or just start reading through the Psalms—you’ll find a lot said about the Lord’s mercy.
One more thing—as you experience God’s fresh mercy more and more—don’t keep it all to yourself—share it with others!