His Covenant of Mercy
The Old Testament book, known as Lamentations, hosts some of the most popular verses in the Bible. “The steadfast love of the Lord,” has been used, as a source of encouragement, in countless sermons and songs through the ages.
Jeremiah was a prophet called by God. The “word of the Lord came to him in the thirteenth year of the reign of Josaih son of Amon king of Judah” (Jer. 1:2). The central message through the book of Lamentations is judgement against Judah. They were over run by the Babylonians. This was God’s judgement against them for idolatry and drifting away from the ways of the Lord.
Jeremiah stayed with Judah for a period after their time of exile. He continued to operate in the office of a Prophet. He is described by some as a man of spiritual maturity, courage, deep emotion, compassion and integrity. Though he brought words of the Lord’s judgement, he was also filled with words of comfort and compassion. He pleaded with them, earnestly and passionately, urging them to the place of repentance. He gave the people hope, reminding them of God’s covenant of mercy.
A covenant keeping God: His faithfulness and mercy
Chapter three is a combination of the dreadfulness of God’s indignation and His unchanging covenant keeping nature of mercy and divine vengeance upon His enemies.
“Because of the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is your faithfulness. ”
The word “mercies” is plural. It means varied and abundant. Almighty God is a God of covenant full of mercy, compassion, loving-kindness, grace, favour and goodness. He does not treat us as we truly deserve (Psalm 103:10). His mercies are new every morning, “His compassions never fail.”
His compassions are His pity, sympathetic love and kindness, especially to the needy, helpless and destitute. They never fail, it is a never ending stream, it never runs dry. The Church may be downcast, yet it is not destroyed. It may go through times of correction, but it is not consumed. The Church is persecuted, but not forsaken. Though the people of God go through adversity, they are never abandoned, they are never alone. In every situation, there will always be a remnant to testify of His grace, even during the darkest hour.
His steadfast love
The steadfast love of the Lord is like the Sun. In never fails to rise. It is new every morning. The brightness of the morning Sun brings an awesome glow. Its warmth brings hope and joy to the most weary soul. Rejoice in the steadfast love of the Lord this morning, His mercies never come to an end. You have an assured foundation and eternal hope in Christ. Seek comfort in the unfailing love of the Lord today and always.
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