Fresh Mercy

“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”—Lamentations 3:22-23 (NKJV)
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 pandesal (salt bread) that’s baked every day. It makes me hungry just thinking about it!
Living near the beach in North Florida, I enjoy taking in the fresh, salty 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 even though they were written during a very dark time in Israel’s history.
The book of Lamentations is a series of poetic and prayerful laments—expressions of grief. The Jewish temple and the city of Jerusalem had been 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 and failure to keep His covenant with them. It was a severe punishment held off by prolonged appeals by God through His prophets.
No one can endure the crush of a dark failure without some hope. Depression sets in when we feel a sense of hopelessness, which most of us experience in some sense at times. 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 compassions fail not.
Just as this message of light pierced the darkness of Israel’s exile, so 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 preventive 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.
DIG: Open your Bible each day and read something about God’s mercy. Use a concordance or just start reading through the Psalms, where you’ll find a lot said about Lord’s mercy.
DISCOVER: How have you experienced the Lord’s mercy in both small and great ways in your own life?
DISPLAY: Begin each day thanking the Lord for His fresh new mercies. Keep a journal or take stock each day to see the effect this has on your outlook on life and people around you.

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Trip Kimball