Each morning, for the past few weeks, I have heard this song in my heart in those moments when I am just waking up.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.
His mercies never come to an end.
They are new every morning,
New ever morning.
Great is Thy faithfulness oh Lord.
Great is Thy faithfulness.
The song is taken from a passage found in Lamentations 3:21-23.
This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 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. (KJV)
The passage is talking about hesed. The word ‘mercies’ is the Hebrew word ‘hesed’-God’s steadfast love. And it says His mercies, His compassions are new every morning. Before you ever got up today, God’s mercies were already ready to cover your failings for the day.
Sometimes when I hear that song in the morning, I thank God for the mercies He has for me for today and for the fact that the moment I step out of love and break that command, His mercy, His hesed, is right there waiting for me to turn to Him so He can make things right.
This song has greeted me each morning. And as I heard it being played in my heart again this morning I had this thought.
Good Morning. Welcome to today. I’ve been waiting for you.
As I meditated on these things, I thought of the parable of the prodigal son found in Luke 15. He had gone off and wasted his inheritance and ended up starving among the pigs. He decided to return to his father’s home to be a servant so he could at least have a warm bed and food. And then it says in verse 20,
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. (KJV)
I like the Amplified version too.
So he got up and came to his [own] father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with pity and tenderness [for him]; and he ran and embraced him and kissed him [fervently].
Now one of two things happened here. I can’t say for sure which, but the outcome is still the same. It’s possible his father saw him coming because he’d been watching and waiting for his son’s return. Or maybe he just happened to see him coming that day. Either way, mercy was waiting for him before he ever made it to his father’s side. Mercy actually ran to him. Mercy saw him coming and was ready for him.
We are growing from glory to glory into His image. And just as children aren’t born doing all the right things, but have to grow in maturity, we are growing into His image (2 Corinthians 3:18). We are going to make mistakes along the way. But with everyone of them, mercy will be right there waiting for us.
The prodigal son found mercy in his father’s arms. That’s where we’ll find it too. Run to Him, don’t shy away from Him.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16, KJV)
The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. (Psalms 145:8-9, KJV)