It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him Lamentations 3:22-24 (KJV)
A good way to start the New Year is to recognize that every day is a new day. Not just January 1, the start of a new year, but every day, the start of a new day. The verse above is the basis of one of my favorite hymns, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”. The hymn reminds us of God’s faithfulness, even when, maybe especially when, we do not have enough faith of our own.
God is faithful, his mercy and compassion does not fail. They are new every morning. We are used to basing our evaluation of a “good day” on how we feel. This verse reminds us that our evaluation must not be based upon our feeling of blessing and mercy, but upon the fact of God’s faithfulness.
So, let us start the New Year on the promise of God’s faithfulness and mercy, and not our feeling about it. Let’s make that a mantra for 2023.
Prayer: Morning by morning new mercies I see. Great is thy faithfulness…, Amen