Lamentations is a dark book in which Jeremiah bewails the sinful state of Jerusalem. But right in the middle of the book, there shines forth a glorious ray of sunlight. We read that the mercies of the Lord are “new every morning,” a truth that led the prophet to exclaim, “great is thy faithfulness.” [Lam. 3:22-23]
We sometimes feel so overwhelmed by the bleakness of our circumstances or the wickedness of the world that it is easy to forget this truth. We sometimes sing, “This is my Father’s world.” It is. And, despite the suffering and sorrow that sin brought into the world, it is filled with evidence of our Father’s love and care.
Each day we behold the beauty of His creation; the majesty of great mountains, the calmness of a pastoral scene, the crashing waves of the ocean, the rippling of a brook, the singing of a bird, the grandeur of the night sky, the immense variety of His creatures – all these speak to us if only we would listen.
Surely, “the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord” [Psalm 33:5] that extends far beyond the natural world to include what Paul calls “spiritual blessings” [Ephesians 1:3]. Some of those blessings we have already received and can never lose, such as regeneration, justification, adoption, acceptance with God, and the indwelling of His Spirit. But others are new or renewed, that are brought to us every day. Elijah received food daily, sent by God and carried by ravens. Don’t we also receive our daily bread from Him? What about home, health,
fellowship, comfort, and the Bible in our own tongue? These are God’s blessings. Try to count your blessings. You will fail, for they are innumerable. As David said, our faithful God “Daily loadeth us with benefits” [Psalm 68:19].