Memory Verse - Lamentations 3.22-23
This week’s memory verse reminds me that there is something that does last. Something I can depend on. I’m reading Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV.
“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 author of Lamentations (thought to be Jeremiah) mourned over the sin of the people of Judah, and the judgement that was to come. He shed tears over what he saw, but he also remembered the Lord’s faithfulness.
This verse begins by describing God’s love and his mercy.
His love is steadfast. According to the dictionary, this means steadily directed, firm in purpose, and unwavering. It doesn’t wear out, break or become obsolete. We can count on it.
His mercy – According to a dictionary, mercy is the discretionary power of a judge to pardon someone.
In the Bible, mercy is God not giving us what we deserve. What we deserve is death, because of sin. But the free gift of God is eternal life. Romans 6:23
God’s love is sure and unwavering. His mercy has no end.
It is new every morning. Even if we sin every day. (And we do, just as the people of Judah did.) There is an unlimited supply of mercy for those who love God. That means that each day, when I approach the throne in repentance, my mistakes are washed away. And God sees me as his precious child as if for the first time.
The verse ends with joyful praise. “Great is your faithfulness!”
The truth in the verse is hard to comprehend in our throw-away world, but as true today as in 586 BC. (The suggested date of its writing.) The bible assures us that God’s love never runs thin or wears out. His love is steadfast. Now that is something that will never become obsolete or go out of fashion. We can count on it.
A necessary response:
As I contemplate God’s reliable love and infinite mercy, I’m prompted to show that same love and mercy to someone else. Today.
- Matthew 18:21-22
- Hebrews 4:16
- Romans 3:23-24
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