The author of chapter 3 of Lamentations had an extremely bad experience. He and his people suffered badly. He interpreted this misery as punishment by God. He uses 20 verses to describe how God let him suffer. A few of the things which he mentions are the following: I am one who knows what it is to be punished by God. He drove me deeper and deeper into darkness and beat me again and again with merciless blows. He has left my flesh open and raw, and has broken my bones…. He has forced me to live in the stagnant darkness of death … I cry aloud for help, but God refuses to listen … He shot his arrows deep into my body… But even so he regains hope and then these wonderful words follow: 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” (Lam. 3:1 – 24). He realises that the Lord is kind, a new morning of compassion has dawned.
After a period of darkness in David’s life, a new morning also dawns for him. He rejoices in God’s love and compassion: Wake up, my soul! Wake up, my harp and lyre! I will wake up the sun. I will thank you, O Lord, among the nations. I will praise you among the peoples. Your constant love reaches the heavens; your faithfulness touches the skies! (Ps. 57:8-10).
The greatest revelation of God’s compassion for man occurred early one Sunday morning, just as the sun rose: Very early on Sunday morning, at sunrise, they went to the tomb … they entered the tomb, where they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is not here, he has been raised! Look, here is the place where he was placed” (Mark 16:2-6).
Jesus our Redeemer had died, but He rose again on a Sunday morning! He had to suffer the most excruciating pain and humiliation on the cross. Before He died, He called out: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34). That is why we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection every Sunday.
The first sign of a new day is when the morning star rises. With Jesus a new day of grace and compassion had dawned for us. That is why Jesus says of Himself: I am the bright morning star (Rev. 22:16). We also can say with confidence: There is no end to God’s compassion, it is new every morning!
Lord Jesus, thank You that we can live in your grace, knowing that You love us, and that You will be with us in all circumstances. Amen