Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Verses 22-23 (NIV)
I don’t know about you, but I never thought that I would find the beauty of the words found in verses 22-23 in a book called Lamentations. But the very fact that they are there tells me that our God is anywhere and everywhere we find ourselves.
Lamentations is a collection of desperate cries from the bottom of a pit. The author laments the suffering of God’s people during their time of captivity, which left them trapped in misery for years. But in the middle of the book, a glimmering light shines through the darkness, as the mournful writer looks up and proclaims hope in the God of love and compassion. We witness the transition from a downcast, bitter soul (in verse 20) to an upright, resolute warrior refusing to be overcome by the troubles of life (verse 22).
The confident cry is that God will ultimately save his people.
I went to visit a dear saint in the hospital. He told me there was no cure and he was looking at just days left to live. He asked me to read the scripture that was behind the writing of the hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).
“Great is Thy faithfulness, ” O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
“Great is Thy faithfulness, ” Lord, unto me!
Most of us know that problems don’t disappear overnight, yet we can testify that God’s mercies are new every morning. We can all find God’s blessings in big and small ways each day if we make a point of looking for them. Great is God’s faithfulness.
Lord, when life is dark and there is little light to see, help me to see your compassion poured out on me. Shine the light of your love on us each day so that we can see your blessings. Amen.