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Summary: This sermon came after I had resigned from my church. It was helpful for the congregation and myself to realized that God is faithful and would bless all as we went our separate ways as long as those ways were HIS!

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GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS

Lam. 3

Intro: Of course this book of 5 laments takes place just after the Fall of Jerusalem [587] and the destruction of the temple. Surely there was something to cry about. More so than anything else was not just what had happened rather why it happened. These terrible events occurred at the chastening hand of God.

Though we will see Jeremiah’s ‘woe is me’ attitude displayed clearly here, I believe he is referring to himself in the light of Israel’s condition. It is very clear that it is not only Jeremiah that is feeling the rod of God’s wrath, nor is it he alone who is being led into dark places with a heavy weight upon his neck. The people of God were being led away into bondage by the Babylonians ‘ a wicked people’, and it was bitter as wormwood or poison. V. 17 says; “my soul was far from peace, I had forgot prosperity or happiness”.

• Ever felt that way?

• Do you feel that way this morning?

• What has caused you to feel that way?

• Have you been fallen?

• Have you been led away?

• Have you went too far?

* Have you lost hope? You’re not alone…

Lament. 3:18

And I said, "My strength and my hope

Have perished from the Lord."

• Is all you think about affliction and misery? You’re not alone….

Lament. 3:19

Remember my affliction and roaming,

The wormwood and the gall.

• Does these things humble you? You’re not alone.

Lament. 3:20

My soul still remembers

And sinks within me.

STOP! DROP! AND RECALL!!

Lament. 3:21

This I recall to my mind,

Therefore I have hope.

Lament. 3:22

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,

Because His compassions fail not.

• The Lord’s mercies hinder our consumption.

• The Lord’s mercies are the hinge of his compassions.

I want to focus for a few more minutes on three things. God’s Multitude of Mercies, God’s Continued Compassions and God’s Great Faithfulness.

1. God’s Multitude of Mercies:

James 2:13 For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

• Without mercy, we get Justice. [Illus.]#1 Mother to Napoleon on behalf of her son, “Mercy is all I ask for”

These Mercies come from the Father of Mercies: 2 Cor. 1:3

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,

These Mercies are Great Mercies: Psalm 119:156

Great are Your tender mercies, O Lord;

Revive me according to Your judgments.

These Mercies are Faithful Mercies: Isaiah 55:3

Incline your ear, and come to Me.

Hear, and your soul shall live;

And I will make an everlasting covenant with you--

The sure mercies of David.

2. God’s Continued Compassions:

• As mentioned, these continued compassions are hinged on his multitude of mercies.

• It’s not just that His compassions will not fail…they cannot fail!!!

[Illus] #2 Allen Gardiner

[Illus] #3 Corrie Tin Boom

Hosea 11:8

How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee as Zeboim? mine heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together.

• You know who it is that give God the ‘warm fuzzies’? We do!!


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