In the midst of darkest despair, a break in the black clouds hovering over Lamentations opens up and the brightest of lights shines down. Following sixty-five verses of gloom and doom over Jerusalem’s fall, the author turns the script toward God’s mercy: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lam. 3:22-23).
God appoints every aspect of every day. He appoints the day’s troubles. He appoints the day’s mercies. Sometimes we wonder if we will be able to withstand the troubles of our day. But we can rest assured knowing every morning God’s mercy will be there waiting for us. We might be tempted to store up God’s mercy for a rainy day, but like Israel with the manna in the wilderness, there is no storing up. Instead, we are called to the daily exercise of declaring our dependency upon God and His mercy.
What practical steps can you take to remind yourself that God’s mercies are new every morning?