Lamentations 3:22-24 is one of the most beautiful and encouraging Biblical passages, “Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, his mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness! I say, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore, I will put my hope in him.’” God’s mercies are delivered to us every morning but there’s a problem. Most of us don’t recognize and receive them.
The prophet Jeremiah, himself, almost missed this beautiful revelation from God. Like many of us, his self-talk (non-stop chatter within our minds often deceitful) in Lamentation 3:1-20 was desperate, bitter, and hurtful. The following quotes reveal what he was saying to himself:
- Vv. 1-3, 1 I am the man who has seen affliction under the rod of God’s wrath. 2 He has driven me away and forced me to walk in darkness instead of light. 3 Yes, he repeatedly turns his hand against me all day long. He felt God had mistreated him.
- Vv. 4-6, 4 He has worn away my flesh and skin; he has broken my bones. 5 He has laid siege against me, encircling me with bitterness and hardship. 6 He has made me dwell in darkness like those who have been dead for ages. Jeremiah blamed God for his personal bitterness, hardship, and darkness.
- Vv. 7-9, 7He has walled me in so I cannot get out; he has weighed me down with chains. 8 Even when I cry out and plead for help, he blocks out my prayer. 9 He has walled in my ways with blocks of stone; he has made my paths crooked. He pictures being emotionally weighed down with chains. God seemingly uncaring as he cried out for help.
- V. 19-20, 19 Remember my affliction and my homelessness, the wormwood and the poison. 20 I continually remember them and have become depressed. He got caught up with magnitude of his problems with his eyes never turning to God.
A person cannot speak to themself with venomous self-talk like the above without a destructive impact on their mind and wellbeing. Jeremiah was in full-fledged depression. He allowed his unhealthy self-talk kick him up and down the emotional block.
I don’t know about you, but I often beat myself up with similar deceptive self-talk.
Thank God, Jeremiah came around to the reality that he was telling himself lies. Look at verse 21, Yet I call this to mind, and therefore I have hope. Finally, Jeremiah came to his senses and away from the deception within his mind. His meditation was healing as he became mindful of God’s faithful love, mercies that never end delivered new every morning, and how great His faithfulness was continuously. Jeremiah refreshed his hope again in His God and experienced the fulfilling blessings of his presence.
Watch out for deceitful self-talk within your mind not recognizing His mercies are new each morning delivered to you personally!! What a blessing we often miss daily.