READ : Lamentations 3:19-36
Right in the middle of the most anguishing, heartrending experience of a child of God come these words which, set to music, we sing joyfully at our Christian worship services. Odd, but we would almost feel uncomfortable singing them at a time when we were going through what Jeremiah was experiencing, something like a funeral, or the closing of a church. It is difficult to sing when everything seems to be going wrong. Did Londoners sing this kind of song when the Luftwaffe was pounding their city in 1943 and 1944?
It is when the situation seems hopeless that the believer reaches up, in tears, to the loving arms of the one who has covenanted never to leave us or forsake us. Jesus, in the agony of the Cross, cries out, “Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit.” And in fulfillment of His covenant faithfulness, the Father brought spirit and body together on Easter morning. In covenant faithfulness God restored the repentant exiles in 536 b.c. And He welcomes penitent sinners back into His fold today.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end” (v. 22). Praise the Lord!
Dear God, most of us have not lived through what Jeremiah and Jesus did. But they have taught us what faith and hope are all about. Thank You for Your great faithfulness, Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.