22Because of the LORD’s great love (lovingkindesses) we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
25 The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
26 it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the LORD.
The book consists of five separate poems. In chapter 1 the prophet dwells on the manifold miseries oppressed by which the city sits as a solitary widow weeping sorely. In chapter 2 these miseries are described in connection with the national sins that had caused them. Chapter 3 speaks of hope for the people of God. The chastisement would only be for their good; a better day would dawn for them. Chapter 4 laments the ruin and desolation that had come upon the city and temple, but traces it only to the people’s sins. Chapter 5 is a prayer that Zion’s reproach may be taken away in the repentance and recovery of the people.
The first four poems (chapters) are acrostics, like some of the Psalms (25,34,37,119), i.e., each verse begins with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet taken in order. The first, second, and fourth have each twenty-two verses, the number of the letters in the Hebrew alphabet. The third has sixty-six verses, in which each three successive verses begin with the same letter. The fifth is not acrostic.
|KJV(248) – favour, 3; good, 1; goodliness, 1; goodness, 12; kindly, 5; kindness, 40; lovingkindness, 30; merciful, 4; mercy, 149; pity, 1; reproach, 1; wicked thing, 1;NAS(248) – deeds of devotion, 2; devotion, 1; devout, 1; disgrace, 2; faithfulness, 1; favor, 2; good, 1; kindly, 7; kindness, 32; kindnesses, 1; loveliness, 1; lovingkindness, 176; lovingkindnesses, 7; loyal deeds, 1; loyalty, 6; mercies, 1; merciful, 2; mercy, 1; righteousness, 1; unchanging love, 2;|
|KJV (44) – bowels, 2; compassion, 4; damsel, 1; mercy, 30; pity, 2; tender love, 1; womb, 4;NAS(38) – compassion, 30; compassions, 1; deeply, 1; mercies, 4; mercy, 2;|
The Lords love and compassion are new every morning, so just think, no matter what we have done or failed to do, the next morning, Gods love is there for us, like a fresh warm towel in the shower, like a toasty cup of coffee, whatever your favorite thing is in the morning.
Our God is a great God of mercy and compassion and forgiveness, Let us rejoice in Him today and glorify Him to all we meet!