Here is a new piece of scripture art for you today - from Lamentations 3:22-23.
I love the meditations of this scripture, which are found smack dab in the middle of a book of sorrows. I don't know about you, but I've often found myself in the midst of my own sorrows and disappointments, and like the writer of this tiny book, "this I call to mind and therefore I have hope." (v. 21)
It is the steadfast, unending, unfailing love of the Lord that is your source of strength each and every day. His mercies never fail, even when you falter. His mercy carries you and cradles you in safety and brings comfort....in fact, verse 24 says that his mercies are new every morning. I love that! On those days that I feel I've tapped out God's mercy, I get a whole 'nother chance to experience the depths of that mercy when the sun rises again. It is new and fresh, no matter how often you call upon him to pour out his mercy on you.
"Great is your faithfulness," the writer exclaims right in the middle of his dissertation. It's as if simply talking about God's love and mercy causes him to shift his focus from his troubles and onto God himself. He can't help but worship him by extolling his great faithfulness. It makes me think about how often I extoll the extent of my troubles, rather than extolling the extent of his faithfulness in the midst of those difficulties. There is a lesson here that I don't want you to miss: bringing to mind and talking about God's character sheds new light on your circumstances. It gives you hope for the future. Meditating on his faithful care, reminding yourself of how he has blessed you, and looking for the ways he bestows his grace upon your life - in the midst of your trial - puts your focus back on the omnipotent God who gives you the power to triumph over every circumstance.
God's love never ceases. His mercies never end...they are new every morning.
GREAT IS YOUR FAITHFULNESS, Oh Lord. I can't help but worship him - how about you?
Today's Small Thing is to meditate on God's steadfast love. Print off, post up or share the artwork...it is for you to enjoy.
Song of the Day: Great is Thy Faithfulness, Fernando Ortega
How has the Lord shown his faithfulness in your life? Please share today!