“The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. ‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I have hope in Him.’” - Lamentations 3:22-24
Everyone has limits. Whether it’s emotional or physical, all people have a limited supply. Not only that, but the book of Psalms communicates that all things on earth (including you and me) will wear out (v. 26). Life as we know it will one day come to an end.
“Of old You founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. Even they will perish, but You endure; and all of them will wear out like a garment; like clothing You will change them and they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not come to an end.” - Psalm 102:25-27
Though everything as we know it will one day fade away, God will not; He is eternal. This can be quite the head-scratcher for us because we aren’t able to comprehend someone or something being “eternal.” Yet, God has always been and will always be. There was never a time God has not existed; from eternities past to eternities future He has always been. Today's verses begin by saying, “The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail” (v. 22). God being eternal means He has an infinite supply of lovingkindness towards us in Christ so when we make mistakes, we have no need to approach God as if His lovingkindness is limited. If He were human, there would certainly be a cutoff point of grace, but there is not because He is our eternal, loving Father!
There’s something more to remember about the Lord’s compassion towards us, “They are new every morning” (v.23). The text is not literally saying that we must wait until every morning to receive compassion from God. At any moment when we seek the Lord for forgiveness and grace, He will give it. We don’t need to wait until tomorrow to experience a fellowship with our Father. Instead, imagine the writer of Lamentations attributing the most faithful aspect of creation, the sun rising every day, to the faithfulness of the compassion of the Lord. As certain as the sun is to rise, God is even more certain to offer grace and forgiveness to those who seek Him. Therefore, let every morning be a reminder that the lovingkindness of the Lord never ceases!
In conclusion, take some time to read and reflect on the following questions:
- Do you have a biblical understanding of forgiveness? See Colossians 3:13
- Do you genuinely understand God’s grounds for forgiving us in Christ? See Colossians 1:13-14
- Can you say, along with Psalmist, “The Lord is the strength of my heart and my portion"? See Psalm 73:23-26