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The Steadfast Love of the Lord

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,

his mercies never come to an end;

they are new every morning;

great is your faithfulness.

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,

“therefore I will hope in him.”

(Lamentations 3:22-24)

Talk about an attitude adjustment! Right in the middle of a song of devastating grief – a “lament” to end all laments – the biblical poet stops short and says, “But this I call to mind and therefore I have hope” and then sings the affirmation of faith quoted above.

The Book of Lamentations mourns the destruction of Jerusalem and the exile of the people of Judah to Babylon in 586 B.C.  It is a sad song full of terrifying images of suffering and loss, of punishment and shame, of sorrow and despair.  If you ever feel that life has gotten you down, and you need help putting awful feelings into words and singing the blues, then Lamentations is the book for you.

In the middle of such an awful lament, it is remarkable to hear this sad soul pause, take a breath, remember God’s steadfast love, affirm his hope in God, and then return to singing the blues.  The circumstances of his life haven’t changed; he and his people are still suffering.  Yet even as he cries out in pain, he also sings in love and hope.

Love and hope are at the core of the Good News of Jesus Christ.  In the midst of a world in which we are witnessing great suffering and pain, in the midst of our lives which are so often broken by sin and sorrow, Jesus comes to bring salvation and a new possibility for human life.

If you find yourself sometimes “singing the blues” these days about life, let the prayer and worship and fellowship of Christ’s Church help you to remember God’s steadfast love and unceasing mercy.  Worship on Sunday morning, quiet time in the prayer chapel, fellowship in a Sunday School class or Bible study, service with a mission outreach  -- there are so many ways that the Body of Christ, the Church, can help you to renew your hope in the God to whom we sing, “Great is Your Faithfulness.”  “‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.’”

See you Sunday!

Bob Shield

Posted by Bob Shield at 10:00 AM