New Mercies

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, says my soul. Therefore I will hope in him.”

Lamentations 3:22-24

My merciful Father, even in the midst of tragedy and heartbreak, Jeremiah was able to affirm the steadfastness of your covenant faithfulness and love. Although he could not understand the mysteries of your providence, he still held fast to the mercies that are new for your people every day. You have promised to work all things for good for those who love you and who have been called to participate in the fulfillment of your redemptive purposes, even when those purposes cause my heart to question my mind’s understanding of your sovereignty, goodness and wisdom.

David prayed, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” There will be evil. Sin will appear to have won the day. However, just as you were with David, Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego, Paul, Peter and others, so you are also with me. Though I walk through the fire, I will not be burned, for Jesus was burned in my place. He experienced the separation, the forsakenness, and the judgement that I will never have to know. You are with me as a Shepherd and a Father. Even in the valley of the shadow of death.

And so like Jeremiah, I am called to confess my shortsightedness and put my trust and hope in your sovereign, good, wise and perfect will. Yet as a man who far too often lives by the flesh rather than by the Spirit, this is no easy task. For in it’s finite arrogance, my sin nature believes that I would be a better captain of my life and of your world. As a result, I awake each morning with a multitude of concerns, fears, and worries. And rather than meet with you and put my hope in you as my Sovereign Father, I tend to bypass my only real source of peace, strength and rest, launching into the day ill-equipped with the weakness of my own ability.

Today it is my desire to avoid the bypass. I want to meet you in the morning and experience afresh the newness of your mercies, the steadfast love, covenant faithfulness and abundant grace that is available to those who believe. I want to embrace the gift of a Savior, knowing that I have been given every spiritual blessing in him. Even though I pass through the fire and feel its heat, you have promised that I will not be burned. Judgement has been fulfilled in the cross. Life is now to be lived in a faith union with Jesus.

Therefore I am to believe today, and tomorrow, and the next day. Anew. Because your mercies are new, and are to be embraced every morning. Your grace never grows dull or loses its power. It is available; if only I will believe.

So, I come to you, to the God who has covered my sins with the blood of his Son. To my Father who is more willing to forgive than I am to repent, I come to claim your mercies and abide in your grace today, praying with Jeremiah, “The Lord is my portion, says my soul, therefore I will hope in him.”

And give thanks.