The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV)
The prophet Jeremiah was writing at a time of great national hardship and despair after Jerusalem had fallen to the invading Babylonians. God had judged His people and sent them into exile in Babylon. Yet even in midst of their divine discipline, there was still reason for hope, because God was not finished with them yet.
God disciplines His children out of His great love. What kind of father would let his children do anything they please without providing discipline and course correction along the way? God never for a moment stopped loving and caring for His people, even when He was disciplining them.
The biblical understanding of the word mercy is God withholding just punishment. Where grace (which theologians frequently define as “unmerited favor”) is God giving us what we do not deserve, mercy is God withholding what we do deserve. Make no mistake, God takes pity on all of His children. And His pity, which is perfect in every way, seeks the highest good of His children, even when that good is delivered through painful providences.
Just at the sun rises each morning to bring new light into the day, God’s mercies rise each morning to bring new hope into our day. We wake up to mercy each day, because God is on the throne of our lives and is working everything together for our good and His glory. Every morning is a new beginning, an opportunity for us to start afresh, secure in the knowledge that He who began this good work in us will bring it to completion (Philippians 1:6). Nothing will stand in the way of our God and His ultimate goal for our lives, which is conforming us to the image and likeness of our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29).
So . . . did you wake up to mercy this morning? Did you sip from the cup of His compassion? We all have those mornings when we get up on the “wrong side of the bed.” But even in the midst of those bad days, we must remember that God got us up that morning to give Him glory, and He will give us everything we need to do that very thing.
“My grace is sufficient for you,” He promises us, “for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). We can count on His mercies being new every morning, regardless of how we spent the night before. Even when we have blown it badly, we wake up to mercy because Jesus is our loving, merciful Savior.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!