“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: 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 3:21-23
Every morning, as my eyes open, so many things jockey for position in my mind. So many different things seek to bind my attention to them. Well-to-do lists, distractions, and the failures of yesterday fight to steer the ship of my brain. I have to intentionally fight these things off by the sword of the Spirit. Because I have learned, if I submit to one of them, it sets the course for the day, or worse begins a season of distracted unfaithfulness
My great desire is that I can discipline myself, by the power of the Spirit, to wake up every morning like the prophet who wrote this text, and ‘call this to mind’ and ‘therefore have hope.’ What is it that he is calling to mind, and what gives him his hope?
3 things to to call to mind every morning:
- The steadfast love of the Lord
His love is steadfast, immovable, unshakeable, immutable. For His people, whom He has granted repentance and faith, His love does not change. He always providentially acts on their behalf, never against them. His approach to them, even in their unfaithfulness, is a faithful restoration, not a punitive judgement. He goes the extra mile with His repentant children, and this great love is our greatest motivation for holiness in our lives. I will never advocate for unfaithfulness to the Lord. We are called to live holy lives. Still, in our moments of weakness and unfaithfulness, His faithfulness does not change. For those who repent, God is willing to show His amazing steadfast love. If you were unfaithful yesterday, or are in a season of unfaithfulness, repent, and call to mind the steadfast love of the Lord.
2. His unending mercy
Hear this quote by John Piper, “If you did not wake up in hell this morning, or in a thousand miseries that befell the world last night, there is great reason for thanks.”
If you are awake right now, not in hell, then God has been unbelievably merciful to you. If you are experiencing the common grace of God today, then there is so much to rejoice about. We have given God so many reasons not to love us, and He has not changed His mind. His mercy is upon you right now. His mercy will be new every moment of this day, and our worship should be somewhat proportionate to that. If you hear of unending mercy, and your heart tells you this is good news because you can continue sinning, you need a new heart. But if you hear of God’s unending mercy, and it grows your desire to repent then you should spend this, and every day until eternity, rejoicing in the mercy of God. God’s unending mercy should put an end to our desire for sin, not accommodate it.
3. His great faithfulness
We are such unfaithful creatures, serving the most faithful God. The difficult to understand doctrines in the Bible like predestination, or supralapsarianism don’t give me as much fits as this: God’s faithfulness to unfaithful creatures. It doesn’t shock me that God would destroy the entire earth, but 8 people. What shocks me is that He would save the 8. I sympathize with Spurgeon who said, “The amazing thing isn’t that God hated Esau, but that He loved Jacob” (Malachi 1:3, Romans 9:13)
We have given God no reason to be faithful to us, yet He is. We are not like God, there is none like Him. My faithfulness is rags compared to His. He is faithful to us, because He loves us, yes, but He is infinitely faithful because that’s simply who He is. It’s in His nature to be faithful. That is good news for His children, because that means we will wake up tomorrow (Lord willing) and His faithfulness toward us will not have changed in the slightest. Glory to God for His great faithfulness toward us unfaithful beings.
Before we allow the cares of this world, the shiny things in this world, or even our well-to-do lists grip our attention, let’s call these things to mind first thing every morning. So that we can have hope.
Oh Lord, for You’re children, You’re love never ceases, you’re mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is You’re faithfulness, and little is ours. Help us to call these things to mind each day, and therefore have such great hope in You.