His Mercies Aren’t the Only Things That Need to Be New

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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.

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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.

Surely my soul remembers
And is bowed down within me.
This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.

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 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.

The difference is trust. That's my part.

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His mercies are new. Great is His faithfulness.

And my trust should be new every morning, too.

We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.
God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. - 1 John 4:16

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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May God Bless You,

Shelly

3 Comments on “His Mercies Aren’t the Only Things That Need to Be New

  1. Thank you, preciosa, for this beautiful reminder and encouragement to actively trust despite circumstances. God has assured our victory!
    Holding you closely in heart, thought and prayer, dear one.
    xo <3
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  2. Thank you, Shelly - so needed these reminders today.

    They echo what I was just writing out (crying out) to the Lord in my journal sharing with Him this morning.

    Much Love and continuing prayers -
    Lynn
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  3. Oh Shelly, I do believe you were definitely roaming around in my mind once again! Thank you so very much for this post and this much NEEDED reminder in my life.
    YES, His mercies ARE new every morning, but like you stated, I must be willing to do my part .... TRUST!!!
    I will be "chewing" on this for quite some time
    Love and greatly appreciate you my sweet, sweet friend ♡♡♡
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