A Daily Word from the Word for Tuesday, August 20, 2012
“They [God’s mercies] are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”– Lamentations 3:23
God’s mercies are new every morning. The Hebrew word for “new” as used here is chadash (pr. khaw-dawsh) meaning “fresh, new thing, to rebuild” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Isaiah 43:19 testifies “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Every morning, God’s river of mercies flows fresh into us.
Each “morning” is boquer (pr. bo-ker), which means “dawn, to pour out, to spread out as a fruitful vine.” What an amazing illustration! I can smell and taste the wonderful bounty of God’s fruit of mercies as they spread out each dawn. Have your drink cup and your fruit plate washed and set out on your bed stand, so that your merciful Father can fill them fresh each morning.
God’s faithfulness is great. The Hebrew word for “great” as used in this verse is rab (pr. rab) meaning “abundant, abound.” Webster’s Dictionary defines “abundant” as “marked by great plenty.” God’s faithfulness is His emunah (pr. em-oo-naw) which is “firmness, security, fidelity, stability, truth.” We stand firmly on and securely in God’s faithfulness. Webster defines “fidelity” as “the quality or state of being.” There is no better quality of life than the one found in the faithfulness of the Father. No amount of Wheaties can top this! God’s faithfulness is the true breakfast of champions.
My New Spirit-Filled Life Bible relates the following concerning verses 22 and 23: “The word for ‘mercy’ may be the most essential word in the OT [Old Testament] describing God’s character to us. It incorporates 1) His covenant of compassion, expressed in 2) His consuming commitment, to bring us into 3) everlasting communion with Himself. In this text, ‘mercy’ describes the Father’s acute emotional yearning for a wayward people. In noting how God’s mercies are new every morning, this text suggests that we need His mercies more often than we may think, whether we feel weak or strong. God’s mercy is His compassion toward us even when we deserve punishment, His commitment to restore us even though we deserve to endure the consequences of our sin, and His covenant of love expressed at the point of our great foolishness” ( © 2002, Thomas Nelson Publishing).
Set out your cup and plate, my brothers and sisters; go to sleep with expectancy in your spirits, and look forward to waking up to God’s fresh mercies each and every morning.
Father, thank You for Your fresh mercies that You abundantly provide for us each and every morning. Put expectancy in our spirit to wake up to Your amazing and refreshing fruit. Help us to see our need for Your mercies, and to appreciate Your faithfulness in greater measure. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we are kept and built up by your mercies each dawn. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to expect to wake up to God’s new mercies each morning. Choose to always see a fresh portion of God’s faithfulness on your plate at every sunrise. And continue to fight the good fight of standing firmly and securely on your Father’s merciful foundation of faithfulness; for God, your New Day, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.