Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning. - Lamentations 3:23
The above verse is filled with such hope, isn't it? I find that I'm clinging to it more and more these days. As I was praying this verse back to our Loving Father recently, I realized something. May I share it with you?
Sometimes I feel so much despair, so much hopelessness, so much big and black and brutal... that even a promise like this doesn't seem to ring true for me.
The enemy loves those times. I believe he orchestrates them... the perfect set-up and God is his favorite fall guy.
“Oh sure, His mercies are new. Does this feel new?”
“Why do you even pray any more? You really think He's listening? You really think He cares?”
“Great is His faithfulness.... HA!”
Have you ever heard those voices in your head? The enemy is sneaky that way. He can't help the fact, though, that he keeps singing the same old songs, though, so he always gives himself away.
So now I was on to him, and I began to examine what lies he wanted me to latch on to.
Of course, I went back to the source, the only thing I can count on to always tell the truth, always.
Surely my soul remembers
And is bowed down within me.
This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.
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.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the person who seeks Him.
It is good that he waits silently
For the salvation of the Lord.
- Lamentations 3:20-26
Do you know what I noticed? This entire scripture highlights the need for participation. My participation.
And so my soul must remember. I must be willing to recall, willing to feel gratitude. Is my heart in the right position? Considering the vulnerability to the suggestions of the enemy right now, I'd have to say, “No.”
The difference is trust. That's my part.
His mercies are new. Great is His faithfulness.
And my trust should be new every morning, too.
Holy Lord, my soul remembers, and is bowed down within me. I am waiting for You. I seek You. I wait silently for Your salvation. Thank You for Your patience and for reminding me in Your Word, of all that You are and that this is a relationship that is a constant anchor, no matter the circumstances in my life at this time. In Jesus' Name, Amen...
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