|Posted by Pastor Jono on June 1, 2012 at 7:40 PM|
‘ It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.’ - Lamentations 3:22-23
We sing much about the ‘mercy’ and ‘faithfulness’ of God. Those two words are often found as a pair in Scripture. For example; Psalm 89:1 - “I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.” Other notable instances of this word pair teach us about God's mercy and faithfulness even when we are afflicted and chastened by God (Psalm 119:74-75) and even when we are committing spiritual adultery against God (Hosea 2:19-20).
Our God is a God of mercy! So often He does not give us what we deserve. Instead when we sin He draws us to repentance with lovingkindness. This 'mercy' and 'lovingkindness' (the same word in Hebrew) should not be taken for granted! We should recognise these attributes of God, praise Him and sing of His mercies forever!
Our God is also a God of faithfulness. He does not change. He is completely and totally dependable. We never question whether the sun will rise again the next morning we just know it will. We never question whether winter will follow summer, it just does. God who made the sun and the seasons is faithful in the same way. His mercies are new every morning. His compassions fail not. His faithfulness is constant whether summer or winter, seedtime or harvest. We can say to the Lord - Truly, great is Thy faithfulness!
- Pastor Jono