1. That should bring joy and comfort to your heart, or should strike you with absolute terror. Will we have the strength to live tomorrow when it comes? He is faithful to keep us in this life and unto life eternal (1 Tim. 3. A. The strength to plan worship for July 10, will be given on July 5th and 6th. A special mercy for each hour. You will not be asked to live tomorrow on today's strength. How do the doctrines of grace affect us personally and publicly. It's like the farmer: we know that if there is going to be a harvest of corporate worship on Sunday, there needs to be some plowing and sowing and watering earlier in the week. 1. Others have been consumed round about us, and we ourselves have been in the consuming, and yet we are not consumed; we are out of the grave; we are out of hell. That too can be a crossing over the line between faithful planning and unfaithful anxiety. Intro: The book of Lamentations is a series of dirges, or songs of mourning, that were written against the backdrop of the Babylonian invasion and destruction of Jerusalem. That's not true. "He has set me in the dark place of the dead from which their is no escape." What does he mean by "sufficient"? God never fails to be compassionate. Each day's troubles are "enough"—they are "sufficient"—because God determines their limit. That even in the depth of their affliction they still have experience of the tenderness of the divine pity and the truth of the divine promise. Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House. LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation. (The other text is Lamentations 3:22–23. Mingling toil with peace and rest. With these questions we can cross the line from faithful preparation to unfaithful anxiety. "They are new every morning." b. Those are tomorrow's burdens. Learn more. 1. Today's mercies are for today's burdens. 2. Portions on earth are perishing things, but God is portion for ever. The judgment of God never comes until every means of grace has been exhausted. ), Let me tell you what I think that text does not mean. Will we spend the last 10 years of our lives out-living all our friends and family, abandoned, slumped over in a wheelchair at rural nursing home? When the storms of life are blowing around us, we can know that God will be there in all of His power as solid as a rock. God never stopped loving Israel, despite His discipline of them. The Message : The Bible in contemporary language (La 3:22-23). Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Lamentations 3:21-23 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "THE COMPASSIONATE GOD" I. Will they believe? Wormwood was known as the most bitter substance. 1. Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23) Mercy is compassion that forbears ...read more Scripture: Lamentations 3:22-23, Psalms 51:1-3 We’re on a mission to change that. What God calls you to now is not to have the power to do what Vinson did, but to have the trust in God that when your time comes, he will give what you need. They are new every morning. 1. Note, Whatever hard things we suffer, we must never entertain any hard thoughts of God, but must still be ready to own that he is both kind and faithful. Lamentations 3:22-23. 1. 1995 (La 3:22-23). We don't always agree enthusiastically with what God deems best for us. The faithfulness of God is a tremendous encouragement in these days when people’s hearts are failing them because of fear. But God says, Trust me. Rev. Why does God do it that way? Sometimes I have reinforced a sermon by following it up with a STAR article. We don't like it when the gauge reads "empty" at the end of the day, and we have to go to sleep—if we can—not feeling the power for tomorrow's troubles. Will we be together? Will it be real and deep and earnest and life-changing and soul-winning and Christ-exalting? God is merciful, He is compassionate He is faithful. 17, 21), but here they correct themselves, and own. God's way is summed up in two passages of Scripture. In the midst of this despair a thought comes to mind that changes the whole outlook. These rivers of mercy run fully and constantly, but never run dry. We never need fear that He is too busy to listen or too tired to help. The STAR article last week was called, "Today's Mercies for Today's Troubles; Tomorrow's Mercies for Tomorrow's Troubles." I really deserved worse than I received. 2. 2. Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress. Remember, His mercies, His compassion and His faithfulness. "As your days so shall your strength be" (Deuteronomy 33:25). If you kill me, I will go straight to God." They are like the manna in the wilderness: you can't keep it overnight. :: ,. With a special mercy for each hour. In the verses of this book, we can see the awful sufferings endured by the people of that city at the hand of their enemies. He felt great turmoil within. First, the Lord’s “great love” (“steadfast love” in some translations) abides even in times of trouble and divine judgment. The difference being your relationship with Him. There were several points. There is one commandment in the scriptures that I seem to constantly be breaking. The church is the body of Christ, and he is the Head. And at that moment we desperately need this truth: God will not expect you to carry one more straw with these present mercies. In that same Psalm we are also commanded to "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him." And we trust in that because God promises it in Lamentations 3:23 (cf. That's OK. Jesus wants us to do that. Jeremiah said two things concerning the compassion of God. They had ignored the warnings of God, they had mocked the prophet of God, they declared that he had been harping on that same tune for years, and nothing had happened. Sermons. B. And that is spiritually very dangerous because today's mercies are given by God for today's burdens not tomorrow's. In a special episode, Pastor John explains the theory’s goals, assumptions, and root problem. He is the anchor that we can hold on to no matter high the waves crash or how hard the winds blow. "I have seen the affliction of the rod of His wrath." Vinson looked up and said, "No, I am not afraid. None. Our task today is to live by the mercies given for today, and to believe that there will be new mercies for tomorrow. Faith stands on the promise of God and waits and hopes in weakness and peace. We want the feeling of adequacy today for what we will have to go through tomorrow. ", That night the bandits tried to flee, taking Vinson with them. 7. Strong, J. His promises are true. 1. What God creates, God loves; and what God loves, God loves everlastingly. (.). When your heart becomes overwhelmed by the circumstances of life, and you feel that even God has deserted you. b. I feel even greater sorrow for those who are hoping in the promises of the politicians. The second verse says. "It is the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed." The Holy Bible : King James Version. Instead, we must “look unto Jesus” (Heb. I hope that you will hold on to those words. He has broken my teeth with gravel stones. (.). "When I have lost all I have in the world, liberty, and livelihood, and almost life itself, yet I have not lost my interest in God." Today I want to reinforce a STAR article with a following sermon. What about tomorrow? (Luke 14:28). (Phil 1:6; 2:13) He is faithful to chasten (Ps. This truth will save your life again and again, if you grasp it and live it. So we today find ourselves hoping for the salvation of the Lord. 12:1-2) and let Him see us through the troubles. What will tomorrow bring? Swanson, J. So we must not compound today's load with fretting over tomorrow's. "Fret not thyself because of evil doers, the men that bring wicked devises to pass." Lam. 1995 (La 3:22). Jewish Publication Society. And “Lamentations” means poems of lament, mourning, and sadness. (La 3:22). 2. "They Are New Every Morning" 3. ↩, John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. 2:17-18; 4:14-16). For example, we on the staff must now plan and design worship services for a while. Henry, M. I will stay myself upon him, and encourage myself in him, when all other supports and encouragements fail me." 3. The Swedish hymn gets it right again. One was this: every day God appoints a measure of pleasure and pain for that day—like the old Swedish hymn says: He whose heart is kind beyond all measure, 1:15; 1 Thes. He saw the Temple of God profaned, and then destroyed. Will the people be there? B. I get it from (among other places) Lamentations 3:22–23, "The Lord's lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. Will we ever trust again? God decides what is enough and what is sufficient (cf. Jesus said, "Which of you desiring to build a tower does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?" He felt that he had lost touch with God. The author, most likely the prophet Jeremiah, speaks for the whole nation of Israel. Get your church set-up with online giving, sermon streaming, and more in under 24 hours. "This is that which I depend upon and rest satisfied with: Therefore will I hope in him. 4. GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS. Will we be there for the children? Gives unto each day what he deems best— "Each day has enough trouble of its own.". . 1997, c1988 (electronic ed.) Lamentations 3:21-26. was an oft used phrase concerning Jesus. The conclusion, "It is good to be on the Lord's side." Yesterday's mercies were for yesterday's burdens. And there's something different between the experience of faith for tomorrow's power, and the actual experience of that power itself. The steadfastness of God is great—meaning that it is not just a little firmness, but it provides us a whole lot of stability. So many times in the New Testament we read of Jesus having compassion on the multitudes, or on an individuals needs. A. Jeremiah is sitting in a cave overlooking Jerusalem. Today's mercies do not include strength for tomorrow; they include faith that tomorrow's unseen mercies will be sufficient for tomorrow. 4. ed. Enough comes for each day. That was the first point of the STAR article. 18); every morning does he bring his judgment to light, Zeph. 1. 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