The Believer’s Lamentation and Hope

Lamentations 3v21-26

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: 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.” The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. (ESV)

Consider the following:

  1. Hope in the Lord (v21):
    a) Read God’s Word and be reminded of His Promises.
    b) The reminder of God’s promises  gave Jeremiah hope in a difficult situation where he remembered the loving kindness of God.
    c) How frequently do we reflect on God’s steadfast love, His care, grace and provision?
    d) We must meditate on the Scriptures and memorize God’s Word (see Psalm 36).

  2. Compassion that never ceases (v22):
    God is more than willing to begin again with those who repent (see v22). His loving kindness and mercies never end. In Lam. 3v23 these mercies are new every morning. Every day presents an opportunity to experience God’s grace and mercy. The God that helps us today will help us tomorrow. Every new season reminds us of the promises to Noah.

  3. God’s faithfulness (v23):
    Great is the faithfulness of the Lord. God will always do what He said and fulfil what He has promised. Think of God’s promises to Abraham and Sarah! The promises of God gave Jeremiah hope.

  4. The Lord is my portion (v24):
    a) My hope is in our Heavenly Father. We find our rest in Him. Jeremiah is saying that the Lord is his portion (see Ps. 73; Ps. 142; Gal. 4; Rom. 8v31). Our inmost being is satisfied by our heavenly Father, who is sufficient for our daily needs. Jeremiah experienced this 500 years before the coming of Christ. How much greater should our confidence be in the Almighty God!
    b) We must fix our eyes on God who is hope in this life and rest in trouble times.
    c) We must wait, for this good (v25). The rush and hurry of our modern times must not distract us from waiting on the Lord, living in full obedience to His Word (see Psalm 90).

We are pilgrims on our way to the city of God, the true Zion, but we must be reminded of God’s faithfulness and loving kindness, which are renewed every morning. Salvation is of and from the Lord, Jesus Christ.