The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to
an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.
Jeremiah was depressed, as gloomy as a giraffe with a neck ache. Jerusalem was under siege, his nation under duress. His world collapsed like a sand castle in a typhoon. He faulted God for his horrible emotional distress. He also blamed God for his physical ailments. “He [God] has made my flesh and my skin waste away, and broken my bones” (Lamentations 3:4).
His body ached. His heart was sick. His faith was puny. . . . He realized how fast he was sinking, so he shifted his gaze. “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 thy faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him'” (vv. 21-24).
“But this I call to mind . . . ” Depressed, Jeremiah altered his thoughts, shifted his attention. He turned his eyes away from his stormy world and looked in to the wonder of God. He quickly recited a quintet of promises. (I can envision him tapping these out on the five fingers of his hand.)
- The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.
- His mercies never come to an end.
- They are new every morning.
- Great is thy faithfulness.
- The Lord is my portion.
The storm didn’t cease, but his discouragement did. – Fearless
Thank you, precious Savior, that your love is steadfast. Thank you that your mercies are new every morning. Thank your for your great faithfulness, not only to me but to all your people fro the first day of creation. When I am tempted to become depressed and distressed, may I choose to gaze on you. May I remember that you are my portion. May I hope in your unceasing love, amen.
He is the living God, and steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one
which shall not be destroyed, and His dominion shall endure to the end.
Max Lucado, Live Loved, Experiencing God’s Presence in Everyday Life, Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN.