I’ve got some really good news for you. Every single day, without fail, no matter what circumstances you’re facing, God has fresh, powerful, gracious mercies to pour out on you.
Think about that for a second. His mercies are new every morning. It’s not like God has a limited store of grace and mercy to give you, and each day you deplete that store a bit more. God doesn’t give you recycled mercies. He’s not like a parent at the dinner table, saying, “You can’t have any new mercies until you finish the old ones!”
God’s mercies are new, fresh, and abundant each day. He has good things to give you today that weren’t available yesterday. Blessings that are custom tailored to what you will experience and struggle with today.
Think about that for a second.
There are plenty of struggles and trials and challenges that await you today. Some of these challenges may be small, like a flat tire. Or you could encounter life-altering trials, like a cancer diagnosis.
In either case, His mercies are new this morning. God has mercies specifically designed to help you through both the flat tire and the cancer diagnosis.
In his book New Morning Mercies, Paul Tripp says:
Don’t fear your weaknesses—God supplies all the strength you need. Be afraid of those moments when you think you’re independently strong.
Because his mercies are new every morning, you can go through the day without fear. You can confidently pray to God, knowing that he is eager to give you the sufficient grace that will sustain you. You can be assured that, because God has ALL your days in his hands, he has new mercies for THIS day.
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
Having Eyes For His Mercies That 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.
Again to quote Paul Tripp:
Your hope for today is based not on karma or luck or any odds. Your hope for today is that God’s mercies are new every morning. As John Piper wrote on the eve of having prostate surgery to remove cancer:
The world gets comfort from their odds. Not Christians. Some count their chariots (percentages of survival) and some count their horses (side effects of treatment), “but we trust in the name of the Lord our God” (Psalm 20:7).
Or, as Psalm 23:6 puts it, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”
His Mercies Are New Every Morning, 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.