“The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
It’s the month of thanksgiving, where we pause to intentionally practice the art of gratitude. During some days and seasons, giving thanks feels impossible. The hits keep coming, the night seems long, and finding even the smallest thing to thank God for can seem like a chore. But gratitude is an act of obedience. When we choose to practice it in the darkest night, it changes our perspective. Using Lamentations 3:22-23, we can be reminded to give thanks.
1. Remember His love.
We serve a God who never ceases to love us. No matter the sin, season, or circumstance. His love is endless and unconditional. David understood what it meant to be in a tough situation. The shepherd boy had been anointed king, but God didn’t grant him the role of king until years later. During those years of waiting, David ran for his life. In one season, he hid in a cave from King Saul where he penned Psalm 57. In this psalm, he cries out to God for refuge from the men who seek to harm him. Then he praises God: “I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations. For Your lovingkindness is great to the heavens and Your truth to the clouds (Psalm 57:9-10).” Praising God for His love, changed David’s perspective, even in his darkest night.
2. Remember His compassion never fails.
Not only does the Lord’s love for us never cease, but His compassion for us never fails. Jesus came to the earth as fully God and fully man. Isaiah 53:3 describes him as “despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain…” Don’t lose heart! You serve a God who understands long nights and dark seasons. But the people of God are never without hope, and that should send us to our knees in thanks. Again, the psalmist paints a beautiful picture for us in Psalm 116:4-5 of what it looks like to praise God for His endless compassion for us: “Then I called upon the name of the Lord: ‘O Lord, I beseech You, save my life!’ Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yes, our God is compassionate.”
3. Remember morning is coming.
Long nights never last. The darkness always fades into a beautiful dawn. The problems don’t always disappear in the light of a new day, but we are given a new strength to face them. Lamentations 3 reminds us that God’s love and compassions are new every morning. God is in the business of making all things new. He is redeeming your life, your circumstances, and even your long nights to make them something beautiful. Give Him thanks during the long night, and praise His name when morning dawns.
Hope is a promise for the believer. Gratitude is the key to unlocking that hope when the night seems long. Praise God for His faithfulness on our behalf. He sees what we don’t, is working all things for our good and His glory, and after every long night, He provides a beautiful new morning. Great is His faithfulness.