God’s mercies are new every morning, right? Many of us are familiar with that wonderful promise found in Lamentations 3. In verses 22-23 Jeremiah assures us that,
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I’ve probably read those verses a hundred times, at least. I’ve memorized them. I even know a couple of different tunes I can sing them to. Nevertheless, I was blown away by something new God showed me in that passage recently.
A bunch of friends and I had gathered to enjoy an afternoon together with God—a mini-retreat of sorts. As we meditated on various Scriptures, including those verses from Lamentations, one of the younger women made an observation.
“There are new mercies every morning—but the ones from yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that are still active. They never come to an end!”
What an incredible thought! Every day, God gives us new mercies. But they don’t have an expiration date—they keep accumulating while God continues to add new ones each morning! If He’s been doing this since the beginning of time—which I suspect He has—then there are hundreds of thousands of mercies are still in operation. How can the earth even contain so much mercy? No wonder the Psalmist exclaimed, “Your mercy, O LORD, fills the earth (Psalm 119:63)!
This simple but profound insight encourages me as I pray. Instead of just thanking God at the end of a day for the gifts and mercies of that day—as if the day is done and so are they—I now try to start my morning with gratitude for the previous day’s ongoing mercies. From that heart attitude of thanksgiving, my faith is stronger as I ask for the mercies I need for the day ahead.
What mercies has God given you today? They’ll still be there tomorrow. And the day after. And the day after that. That very fact is a mercy in itself! God indeed is “full of compassion and mercy” (James 5:11)!