We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

New Every Morning

It seems that night time is the most difficult time for most people who are lonely, depressed, angry, or needy. One of the reasons night time is so difficult is that we so desire resolution. We want our needs to be met, the relationship to be restored, or the hurt to go away.

In Lamentations 3, God tells us that it is because of his mercies that we are not consumed and that His compassion is new every morning. Now most of you have heard that it is his mercy that is new every morning, but that is not how the text reads. It is because of God’s mercies that we are able to wake up in the morning. So if you are breathing in the morning then you experienced God’s mercies during the night. In the morning we get to experience his life-giving compassion. In the Hebrew language, the word compassion means soft, gentle, a mother’s womb. What a beautiful word! Each morning when we awake, we can experience God’s compassion.

The text goes on to say, “Great is his faithfulness.” It continues with, “‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.’ The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him” (Lamentations 3:24-25).

The problem is the waiting! We want everything now, thinking we can’t make it through another day, or another night. We desire to receive from human sources the satisfaction that only God can bring.

But despite the despair and struggle, there is hope. You just need to hold on until morning, because in the morning you will experience the promise of your Father’s compassion that will restore and renew your hope.

My mentor Charlie once shared that when he experienced anguish of heart and couldn’t fall asleep easily, he would listen to soft worshipful music and read the Word until God, who always rescues His children, gave his beloved sleep.

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