“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never cease; they are renewed every morning; great is your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23
There is something incredibly moving when dawn breaks the night sky. Colors change from pale orange to peachy pink with purple streaks. They mix with a shade of midnight blue and blend into the brilliant blue of a spring morning. Colors unfold in the sky as day overcomes darkness. When worries spin around in the dark of night, the morning reminds us of God‘s amazing mercy.
What does lamentation mean by “the mercies are new every morning”?
The book of Lamentations contains five poetic lamentations about the destruction of Jerusalem, the destroyed temple and the miserable condition of the people of Judah. The author calls people to turn to God, to repent and to appeal for mercy. Lamentations 3:23 is in the only section of the book that offers a ray of hope in the midst of despair. This passage reminds us that his faithful love is constant in the face of trials and bitter thoughts. When we want to ruminate in anguish and sorrow, we are told that we can put our hope in the Lord because his mercies never end.
Psalm 4:8 tells us that we can lie down and sleep in peace, even when worries are swirling around. Another psalmist writes that sorrow may last for a night, but morning comes morning. The morning is a recurring theme in the scriptures. Jesus got up in the morning to pray. Zephaniah 3:5 tells us that the Lord does not fail each new day. New days are new opportunities for us to walk by faith in the truth of God’s mercy.
Mercy means faithful, loyal, unwavering and true. At the end of the day, we ran our course, fought the good fight, and stood firm in the face of spiritual attack. We became weary and weary. God gives us reprieve from sleep even though sometimes we wrap up our cares as if we were rolling yarn into a ball. But the morning always comes. And with it comes hope. I hope today will be better. I hope we will see God move.
Each morning presents itself to us with new opportunities for an outpouring of God’s love, compassion, faithfulness and unwavering loyalty. Even when we wake up to storm clouds rolling in on the horizon, the sun still rises hidden behind them. We might miss the glow of the sunrise, but we know it’s there. God’s mercy is always available to us. Morning noon and evening. And God gives us opportunities to trust Him to work in our lives and pour out His mercy on us.
What does the Bible say about God’s mercy?
Throughout the Old and New Testaments we can see that God’s mercy flows from his forgiving nature. He reveals his mercy in the way he provided the manna for the Israelites’ journey into the wilderness. We see him in his protection and deliverance of his people every time. He shows mercy when he is slow to anger and full of love. Mercy is not a benefit based on our merit but a gift from God.
In the New Testament, Jesus made mercy an essential part of his ministry. He dined with publicans, healed the sick, relieved hunger, calmed storms, restored sight, and raised the dead. He is the full expression of God’s mercy towards us. Mercy takes action. It is God’s response to us and our expected response to others. From the love of God flows his mercy which is his ability to bring sinful humanity back to himself. Salvation is the merciful act of God that withholds eternal punishment and it is his grace that bestows forgiveness and eternal life. The Bible is God’s revelation of his merciful heart to us.
How do we receive God’s mercy every day?
We receive God’s mercy by faith. “Faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see.” Hebrews 11:1. Faith is our response to God’s revelation of himself through his word and actions. God is merciful to us because of his deep and constant love.
We pray. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer,” Romans 12:12. God’s mercy underlies our ability to be able to hope when joy seems long gone. We rely on mercy to help us through our affliction. And we pray.
We are approaching. “Let us approach God with a sincere heart, in the fullness of faith, having the heart sprinkled to cleanse us of an evil conscience and having the body washed with pure water”, Hebrews 10:22. We take one small step towards God and he goes the distance to catch us when we fall.
We are always. “Be silent and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted on the earth,” Psalm 46:10. Enough of our struggle. Enough of our doubts. Let’s stay calm and let God’s mercy invade us.
We are waiting. “My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning”, Psalm 130:6. The long nights of waiting for dawn lead us into deep despair. But even while waiting, we trust in God that his mercies will be new in the morning.
We declare. “To proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness by night”, Psalm 92:2. Our lives contain both sorrow and joy, trials and successes. But through it all, we declare that God is love and that he is faithful.
We fix our eyes on God. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was in store for him endured the cross, despising his shame, and sat down at the right hand of God”, Hebrews 12 :2. Our faith has its origins in his mercy. And in his mercy he accomplishes it. He gives us the strength to do what he asks us to do.
We remember. “On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night,” Psalm 63:6. Isn’t it amazing how easy it is to forget God’s mercy when our lives are shattered like a broken plate? But there, in the darkness of the soul, we can think of God while waiting for the morning. The morning reminds us of God’s eternal mercy.
Why is it important to receive God’s mercy?
Mercy opens the way for the demands of truth and justice to be met through Jesus Christ. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). As sinners saved by grace, we carry the struggle between the mentality of the sinful nature and that of the Spirit. It is important for us to receive God’s mercy daily in order to live according to the Spirit of God who dwells in us.
The sinful nature leads to hostility, insubordination and unacceptability before God. The life of the Spirit leads to life and peace. Paul writes that we are to be living sacrifices. It tells us that while we are on earth, God sanctifies us when we surrender and submit to him. Mercy leads the way. It guides us towards a transformation that gives glory to God. He gets all the credit because it is his mercy that makes us whole.
Receiving God’s mercy every day gives us new strength to face whatever comes our way. Waking up to his mercy each morning enables us to extend mercy to others. Not only do we receive God’s mercy because of his great love for us, but we also learn to be merciful. It is his mercy that makes us alive in Christ. Life contains troubles and sorrows. New mercies from God every morning don’t mean there’s no trouble. This means he is with us to help us show mercy, love kindness, and walk humbly before the Lord (Micah 6:8).
Receive and Show Mercy
God has great love and compassion for people. He wants us to know him, to love him and to live for him. His mercy is waiting for us to receive it. Isaiah writes in chapter 33, verse 22 a prayer that we can pray every morning. “O Lord, have mercy on us; we yearn for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in times of trouble.
At the start of each day, let us remember God’s loyalty and devotion to us. The Hebrew word for mercy is “Hesed” and it denotes the limitless nature of divine mercies. I like the idea of unlimited because I can’t quite grasp the full understanding of it. My patience is running out, and so is any pity I have. But God’s does not. It extends to us again and again because God keeps his covenant promises.
God grants us his mercy so that we can extend his mercy to others. Mercy is an essential ingredient in the life and being of a believer in Christ. We begin this life as vessels of wrath, but through God’s amazing mercy, we become vessels of mercy. Mercy extends from the richest to the poorest, from the greatest to the smallest and from the strongest to the weakest. It also extends the other way, as Jesus calls us to turn the other cheek, to lay down our coat, to go the extra mile, and to bless, not curse. As we receive God’s mercy every morning, we can also bless others with mercy.
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JEssica Van Roekel is a worship leader, speaker and writer who writes at www.welcomegrace.com sharing hopeful inspiration dealing with internal wounds in light of God’s transforming grace. She believes that through Christ, our personal stories don’t have to define our present or determine our future. Jessica lives in rural Iowa with her husband and family. You can connect with her on Instagram and Facebook.
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