Psalm 123:1-4

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. Lamentations 3:22

The book of Lamentations was written by Jeremiah soon after the fall of Jerusalem. It reflects the great mourning of those whose homes had been destroyed. It was an awful time for the people of Judah. Their loved ones were deported to Babylon, and enemy armies occupied the holy temple of Solomon.

All that had represented security to Judah was gone. The country was dispersed, the center of worship desecrated, the armies defeated, and families disbanded. If you have ever experienced this deep a loss, or have had your security stripped from you, you know the awful despair that can overcome the soul.

Yet Jeremiah was not completely given over to desolation. He believed God’s compassions would never fail (Lamentations 3:22). Jeremiah held on to a security which was deeper than anything the nation could offer. William Gurnall writes,

“The Christian, like chalice without a base, cannot stand on his own nor hold what he has received any longer than God holds him in His strong hands.”

You have protection that goes beyond armies and buildings, because you have God’s strong hands holding you. When you go through difficulties, you have security that can never be taken away. You can know your future is secure.

Oh Father, I have put my focus on physical security. Yet there are always new threats. Help me to realize that Your compassions are with me no matter what the circumstances.

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