If you were paying attention this morning when you woke up, you may have noticed: God’s mercies were new this morning. Not tired, old, worn-out, stale, commonplace, overused, or past their sell-by date. You didn’t discover them to be good only for the problems of yesterday. You found God’s mercies new, fresh, and alive.

New for today’s challenges. New for today’s griefs and hurts. New for today’s pressures. New for today’s temptations and failures. New for today’s perplexities and today’s uncertainties. New for you, and new for today.

Of course, we wouldn’t even know about His new mercies if it weren’t for a very old book of the Bible–the book of Lamentations. And one of the things this very old book reminds us of (even in its name) is that the Lord’s new mercies sometimes come to us–and mean the most to us–in very hard times. Isn’t it true that the times when His presence can be hardest to see are often the times when His presence means the most to us?

He becomes our strength in weakness, our comfort in sorrow, our light in the darkness. God’s new mercies are not reserved for people in happy circumstances. Sometimes they are newest, and richest, and deepest, when we are most tempted to overlook them or to wonder if they have ceased. They haven’t. They’re there. They’re new. They’re new and fresh for today. And they will be new tomorrow too. Don’t forget.

This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
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.
The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.”
Lamentations 3:21-26