“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Lamentations 3:21-22

Even if you haven’t read all of the book of Lamentations, you probably recall the verses right in the middle of it from which the familiar hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness” (Thomas O. Chisholm, 1923) is taken.

The laments arc from beginning to end with difficulties and grief, but show it to be always true that Christ, who bore all the world’s sin, is in the center of it. From our daily complications to our deepest hardships, God is there in the middle of it. “Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come?” (v. 38), the Lamentations writer asks and acknowledges.

Because of God’s great love for us, poured out in Jesus’ perfect life and sacrifice for our sins, we have hope. We get a physical reminder as each night becomes day, sometimes heralded by a brilliant sunrise, other times brought about in a gentle turning from darkness to gray to light of day.

“These verses mean so much to me because I know that I deserve death and hell, but God who is rich in mercy has shown me His grace.”




Scripture Focus

Lamentations 3:19-38

Insight

Pray for Gregory, 47, who has served almost 29 years of a life sentence. Ask the Lord to keep showing His goodness to him morning by morning.

Bible In A Year

  • Exodus 31-32
  • Psalm 41
  • Luke 5