Prayer and Reflections

Great Is His Faithfulness

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23

Change is a challenge at any stage in life, but major changes in our personal circumstances or that of the world around us can cause us to be fearful and doubt rather than trust the faithfulness of God who is sovereign, loving, and ultimately in control of our destiny. 

Throughout Old Testament history, we find where God responded in compassion and faithfulness to His covenant with His people despite their disobedience and rebellious actions. Although at times He used ungodly nations to discipline and humble them, His faithfulness was constant and His purposes unchanged. 

This passage reminds us that God’s faithfulness is not dependent upon our faithfulness to Him, but because it is His character to do so. In His compassion, He offers mercy when we deserve judgment and grace when we are unworthy of His favor.

Remembering His past goodness and promised faithfulness throughout our lives gives us hope and encouragement in times of discouragement or despair. Calling upon Him in times of need reinforces our sense of security and the assurance of His unfailing love. 

Worship is often our response when we grow in our awareness of God’s faithfulness, especially when we are overwhelmed by the realities of life and challenged beyond our natural capabilities. Great is His faithfulness.

“Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:1-2

O’ Lord,
How often I’ve cried out to You
When in distress or in great need;
How often I have sought Your power
To be Your witness by word or deed.

How often I have recognized
My helplessness and inadequacies,
And in so doing sought Your strength
To stand and overcome adversity.

And in my seeking found You,
As I humbly came in prayer,
Discovered Your grace and mercy,
Your tender, loving care.

And so in gratitude I come
Lift my heart and hands in praise,
And thank You for Your faithfulness,
Your promised presence all my days.

From Reflections of God's Faithfulness, © 2016, Doris Haver Rouse

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