If you’re not familiar with it, as the name implies, it’s a lamentation by an anonymous author over the destruction of the nation of Judah, the captivity and exile of its people, and the destruction of the temple. It’s actually a long poem and an acrostic: The first letter of each sentence starts with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In other words, this was probably not composed off-the-cuff. This probably took some time and thought and preparation to write down.
But in the middle of this short book of lamenting the terrible tragedy, there’s a strong glimmer of hope, much stronger than that which ended the book of Jeremiah. The verses of today’s passage are so filled with light and beauty that one of the most famous and most beloved hymns is based on it: “Great Is They Faithfulness.”
I have a few points to consider about it today, and we’ll pick up some more teachings from it tomorrow, since it’s so rich.
I want to camp out on that just for a moment. They’re new every morning. I don’t have to depend on the compassions he gave me yesterday. No, he’s constantly coming up with ways to bless me, to make my life a little easier in this sin-cursed world.