Lamentations 3:22-23 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; (23) they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (ESV)
I learned this verse through an old hymn that we sang in Church. Some of you might know the song “Great is Thy Faithfulness” and remember it too. It was written as a reflection on this verse and has a great line, “morning by morning new mercies I see.”
For some reason, this line was going through my head when I woke up the other morning. The strange thing for me was that I had not sung that song in probably 20 years. But there was this hymn running through my head in the darkness just before dawn. I began to think of all the wonderful things that each new day brings. I thought of the great mercy God has on me just by giving me another day to live.
1.Each day I get to live in the grace of Jesus.
I am keenly aware of the fact that I am a mess. I honestly believe God has every reason to punish me in some way. But through the grace of Jesus, I am made new. My sins are washed away and I stand clean before him. Every day I am newly thankful for the mercy of God.
2. Each day is a chance to start over
Yesterday is gone along with all with all of its mistakes and failures. Today is here and it is full of new possibilities for good. God has given me today and I can use it to start new and do whatever he wants me to do. I am so thankful for each new day.
3. Each day is an opportunity for me to serve the Lord in some way.
I love the fact that I do not know where today is going. Someone may walk in my office and I can share the message of Jesus with them. I may encounter someone at the store that needs to hear a kind word. I may write a lesson that will help someone understand the Bible. God only knows what great opportunities this day will bring.
4. Each day I get to experience love.
I am blessed to have the love of my parents, my spouse, and my children. I am also surrounded by people who love and support me. I am thankful for every day I get to spend with them.
5. Each day holds new chances for learning and growing spiritually.
Today I will read articles, stories and posts that will teach me. I will spend time reading my Bible. I will talk to people and hear their ideas. In those experiences, I will get to know God more and learn of his ways in the world. Each day brings so many new lessons.
I believe that each day is filled with great opportunities for so many wonderful experiences. Each day is a gift of God in his wonderful mercy. Morning by morning new mercies I see. Will you look with me today?