Friday, July 29, 2011

August 26, 2011 (1 Samuel 18; Romans 16; Lamentations 3; Psalm 34)

The book of Lamentations is a book of poetical descriptions of disparity. 5 laments. 5 dirges with powerful images that reinforce a small number of burning truths. This books deals with the calamity that rightly befell a guilty nation before Holy God. The people of God were disobedient, so God punished them, and they not only deserve it but know that they deserve it. Yet there are a few glimmers of joy and hope sprinkled throughout the book. One comes today in chapter 3:22-27. Here Jeremiah remarks that it is a sheer mercy that they even still exist. They deserve to be totally annihilated. But the Lord’s mercies are new every morning and His faithfulness is great (even when His people’s faithfulness is not). This is a good word for our hearts today.

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