“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 3:22-23 NIV
This verse is easily the most well-known from the book of Lamentations, and for good reason. But have you really thought deeply about it? We read and sing that God’s compassion or mercy is new every morning. It sounds beautiful, doesn’t it? But why? Why would there need to be new compassion, new mercy accompanying the rising sun each morning?
As author and pastor Jared Wilson puts it, “God’s mercies are new every morning because we get up rarin’ to newly sin.”
Sin isn’t just a problem we had in the past. If I confess the sin of my past, he will cover that debt and then we’re good. That’s enough mercy for me. Nope. Sin continues to be a problem. Less so than it used to be, but still a daily problem. I keep incurring new debts each day. Every day finding creative new ways to dethrone God and worship self.
With sleep in the eye, morning breath, and pre-coffee grouchiness, we roll out of bed ready to inflict our sin nature onto the world at large. And there to greet us, even before we wake-up halfway through our shower, is God’s new dose of mercy. Undeserved, unearned, I-think-you-got-the-wrong-number mercy.
Without that mercy we wouldn’t even make it to the shower. It’s only “because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed.” You woke up this morning, another night of not being consumed by the justice of God, only because of the God’s great love. Nothing else. You didn’t deserve today. If you did we wouldn’t be exalting God’s never failing compassion, we would be exalting your perfect righteousness that earned life. But if you’re like me, yesterday you were as dependant on God’s new mercies as you are today. And so we’ve been given today.
Another day to fight against sin.
Another day of God’s mercy overcoming my failure.
Another day of exalting God’s grace by depending utterly on his goodness and not my own.
Nothing left to prove to God. Nothing to earn.
Just another day to bask in the glory of God’s abundant overflowing grace for sinners. Another morning where his mercy overwhelms my sin.
Great is your faithfulness. Now there’s an understatement.