Mercies new every morning
Welcome to the first day of 2016! We have some sparkling new miniblogs for this New Year, and today we are looking at the amazing truth that God's mercies are new every day for us. What could be more encouraging?! Lx
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
What great verses these are to start off the new year! Whatever the past year brought us, and whatever comes in 2016, these four promises of God stand firm, reliable and secure. I want these to be my points of reference for the year ahead, the context and framework in which I live each day of my life.
1. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.
In other words, his love is unconditional and unstoppable, a continual outpouring like a mighty incessant waterfall. In this context that word ‘never’ is truly amazing: there are no ifs, buts or maybes about God’s love. His steadfast love stands firm no matter what happens and no matter what I do; it is a mighty stronghold which always protects, provides and gives me strength.
2. The Lord’s mercies never come to an end.
These mercies include his gentleness, loving-kindness, forgiveness and patience. I find it so humbling and heartening to know that there is no end to these attributes of God. His mercies are literally limitless, and what is more, they are new every morning. Each day he tenderly and gently leads me by the hand, providing me with all that I need and helping me in all that I do. Each day he forgives my failings and patiently works in me and with me to transform me into the person he wants me to be – someone who demonstrates his love to those around me.
And however much I may have messed up yesterday, his mercies are as new as the dawn when I awake, shining down onto my life, poured down onto me by my loving Father in heaven.
3. God’s faithfulness is great.
It is wonderful to try and grasp that God is so loyal, faithful and dependable that in his covenant love he has promised never to leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
We were all reminded in the season of Christmas how after the birth of Jesus and the visit of the shepherds, Mary ‘treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart’. (Luke 2:19) I want to try and spend more time in 2016 treasuring the words and works of God and pondering them in my heart – meditating on them, dwelling on them and letting them soak into me and change me. I know that means a bit of slowing down, not always doing things in such a hurry, but allowing myself time to ponder and wonder.
One of the ways I am trying to do that is by focussing on God when I first wake up, and making the first thing in my day be a prayer of praise to God. Starting the day off in the right direction may give me a better chance of keeping on track during the day. These verses from Lamentations really help me to do this, reminding me that every single day, first thing in a new morning, I can thank God for his renewed faithfulness and love.
Father God, thank you for this new year, and thank you for this new day. I praise you that your love is steadfast and never ceases. I praise you that you are love and that your nature is always to have mercy. Thank you that your mercies have no limit and no end, and thank you that they reach right down to me where I am today. Thank you that your mercies are new every morning and that your faithfulness is great. Amen
Margaret is the mother of our regular contributor, Emma. She lives in Cambridge and is a member of Christ Church. She teaches English in one of the Cambridge schools.