Great Is Thy Faithfulness (Lamentations 3:21-23)

Lamentations 3:21-23

21 But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
22 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.

This passage is one of the most amazing passages I have ever read in the scripture. It is not so amazing for what it says, but it is amazing for where and when it says what it says. If you looked at my last entry, you saw that the book of Lamentations are songs of great sorrow and mourning that Jeremiah wrote as he thought of the destruction of Jerusalem. In that event, the Babylonian armies came into Jerusalem and utterly decimated the people of God. The scene was as horrible as any scene that I have ever heard described. And because of the horror of the scene, I am amazed at what Jeremiah wrote in verses 21-23 (you really should go back and read them again).

(Really, look up and read them again.)

“Great is your faithfulness!” This is amazing. God’s mercy never ends. He never turns his back on his people. You know, “Great is Thy Faithfulness” is a great hymn to sing during a Thanksgiving service, but who would ever think to sing it as they looked upon the people of God being slaughtered by an invading foreign army? The only person who could sing such a thing during such a time would be a person who had a truly God-centered worldview. And, while it may seem totally strange to want, we must want to have God’s view in such matters.

God is truly faithful. His destruction of Jerusalem—using the Babylonians as his tool of course—was perfectly in keeping with his promises. God promised Israel that, if they rebelled against him and his law continually, he would send in armies to wipe them out. They rebelled, and God’s faithfulness was great. While this may not seem song-worthy to you, to Jeremiah, it caused him to break forth in song. Why? Jeremiah knew that God also promised that a descendant of David’s would ultimately reign forever. Jeremiah knew that God would still have mercy on those who love him. Jeremiah knew that God’s wrath is holy, and so is God’s loving kindness. Jeremiah knew that God is truly faithful, trustworthy, and always—absolutely always—right in everything he does.

Is your worldview such that you can follow God faithfully even when you see tragedy around you? Can your heart handle to see God’s justice? Can you call God faithful, even when the world around you looks like it is falling apart? I hope you can, because God is faithful. God is always right. God’s ways are always perfect. God’s faithfulness really is great.