Morning Mercies

What did you do when you woke up this morning?  Did you immediately make yourself something to eat, or maybe begin by planning your activities for the day?  It is Saturday, after all – for many of us, the one day when we’re actually free all day.  But did you happen to remember God this morning?  Did you go to Him in prayer and thank Him for bringing you through the night?  In the beloved words of Lamentations 3:22-23, we read, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.”  These words are even versified in a hymn which is likely a favorite for many of us.  But how often do we truly meditate on this?  Do we actually make the mercies of God a daily consideration?

How easy it is to get out of bed and immediately consider work for the day or what we’ll do with our time.  It is equally as easy to entirely forget the God who gives us that work and that time.  This ought not so to be!  Every earthly blessing we have, from that food you prepared as your breakfast to the work you had this week to time itself, is a gift from Him; we have it only because in His mercy, He sees fit to give it to us.  Thanks be to God that even in our infirmity and unwillingness to consider His blessings, “His compassions fail not.”

Fellow children of God, consider this then to be a call to action.  Make a habit out of beginning the day with devotions.  Think on God’s mercies each morning.  More specifically now, with tomorrow being Sunday, consider some of the mercies He has shown to you within the last six days.  Ponder them.  Remember that it is only of His mercies that we are not consumed.  In that light, go to worship Him tomorrow with thankful heart and lips speaking His praise.  In spite of our sinfulness, God has not left us to wallow in it, bringing about our destruction.  Rather, He has fulfilled His promise of salvation, redeeming us in His unfathomable mercy.  Great indeed is the faithfulness of the Lord!

Matthew Koerner

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