Thursday, August 20, 2009

Our Faithful God

Lamentations 3:19-23
(19) Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall!
(20) My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me.
(21) But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
(22) The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
(23) they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

No study of Lamentations would be complete without treating this passage. Verse 23 would make for a great hymn, wouldn't it?

This passage reminds me of where I've been, where I am, and where I'm going. I remember being stuck in the muck and mire of habitual sin. I remember how I had to go when pornography beckoned. I remember how I would eat out of boredom rather than hunger. I remember what it was like to get winded after climbing a flight of stairs. Those were bitter times indeed.

I certainly am not perfect with my eyes, mouth, or legs. However, I am not where I was. I know that even when I do stumble the Lord is there faithfully showing me mercy. Every morning is a fresh chance to live for His glory. This is amazing to me when I consider how badly I mess up sometimes. Yet He is there and He is faithful.

2 Timothy 2:11-13
(11) The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
(12) if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us;
(13) if we are faithless, he remains faithful-- for he cannot deny himself.

Praise the Lord!

1 comment:

Joshua said...

Speaking of hymns for verse 23, I have been looking for a good recording of "new every morning is the love" for my iPod. There is no good recording on Amazon MP3 or iTunes. I *do* have "Great is thy faithfulness", and both music stores have a song called "new every morning", which is not the same as the old hymn.

Anyway, sorry for the total tangent :-P