But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: 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 3:21-23
God’s mercies are new every morning.
It’s God’s mercy you woke up today. God’s mercy you have a sound mind. His mercy if you woke up without being in serious pain. God’s mercy if you can breathe. And God’s mercy if you have the strength to get out of bed by yourself.
It’s his mercy if you have eyes to see the sunshine, ears to hear the robins and taste buds to enjoy your coffee.
It’s God’s mercy this morning if you know Jesus Christ, the living God. God’s mercy you have his Word. There are multitudes who don’t.
It’s God’s mercy you didn’t wake up in a prison camp this morning because of your faith in Jesus. Thousands of believers in North Korea did.
Do you have God’s joy today? Any hope in your heart? If so, these are wonderful mercies from God.
The eggs and toast on your table are fresh mercies from God. And the children around the table screaming and spilling their Cheerios and milk? Mercies!
Do you have running water? A hot shower? Indoor plumbing? A job? A car? Money for gas? Are you able to drive? Mercies!
Even in affliction there are mercies if we look for them.
There are respites from pain. Sleep. Distractions. Loving family members and friends. And in God’s mercy, our afflictions aren’t meaningless – he causes all of them to work for our good.
God’s mercies are all around us. But do we notice them?
A good exercise is to write down God’s mercies.
Some folks write down something they’re thankful for every day. Before you start asking God for things, consider thanking him. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.
When we notice God’s mercies we become joyful and thankful. When we become joyful and thankful we bring God pleasure. When we bring God pleasure we glorify him. When we glorify him we fulfill his purpose for our lives. Notice God’s mercies.