LAMENTATIONS 3:22-25

22. It is of the Lord’s mercies and loving-kindnesses that we are not consumed, because His tender compassions fail not.

23. They are new every morning; great and abundant is your stability and faithfulness.

24. The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being therefore will I hope in Him and expectantly wait for Him.

25. The Lord is good to those who hopefully and expectantly wait for Him, to those who seek Him – inquire of and for Him (by right of necessity and on the authority of God’s Word.) Amp.

Definitions

Compassions -d) sorrow for the sufferings or trouble of another.

Faithfulness -c) firmness, security, faith, stability, steady, true.

Mercies -c) kindness, beauty, favor.

Jeremiah is in the midst of God’s judgment on Israel. He is overwhelmed by the painful things he is seeing. Then he stops and puts his focus on the goodness of the Lord. The Lord’s mercies do not change even when He must pour out His discipline to a rebellious people.

His mercies are new every morning. What would we do without His brand-new compassion and patience upon us when we fail? We would probably give up seeing the hopelessness of ourselves.

However, if we know His mercies are new every morning, it gives us new faith to begin again because He loves us so much. He is patiently beside us giving us all His support. That makes everything easier.

He is always there to help us see the truth. This is a time of judgment because He is looking for them to repent. He knows it is painful for us to be honest with Him at times. He is good to those who need Him and are painfully conscious of the fact.

If there is sin in our life, then the closeness of His presence is not as strong as it should be. How does that affect us? If we are content and go about our business as usual, then we do not belong to Him. To be away from His presence is Hell to a Christian. That is why He removes His presence, to get our attention.

He wants us to bring our needs to Him with thanksgiving as it says in Phil. 4, and He will fix our problem. If we ignore Him, we only make it harder for ourselves. The quicker we give up our own will, the happier we will be! Our sins and self-will will consume us when His mercies and compassions will forever bless us.

SPURGEON

See, how Christ honors those who honor Him, how love draws our beloved, how it needs but one word of His to turn our weeping to rejoicing, how His presence makes the heart’s sunshine.

SONGS – ARISE O LORD – DRAW ME – HE BINDS THE BROKEN HEARTED – PAUL WILBUR

HOLY FIRE/HOSANNA

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