Growing with God’s Word and Extending God’s Mercy and Forgiveness
Lamentations 3:25-57: Today’s reading is a continuation of a communal lament. The people acknowledge that they have sinned and ask God to heed their prayers.
The LORD is good to everyone who trusts in him.
25The Lord is good to everyone who trusts in him,
26So it is best for us to wait in patience—to wait for him to save us—
27And it is best to learn this patience in our youth.
28When we suffer, we should sit alone in silent patience;
29We should bow in submission, for there may still be hope.
30Though beaten and insulted, we should accept it all.
31The Lord is merciful and will not reject us forever.
32He may bring us sorrow, but his love for us is sure and strong.
33He takes no pleasure in causing us grief or pain.
34The Lord knows when our spirits are crushed in prison;
35He knows when we are denied the rights he gave us;
36When justice is perverted in court, he knows.
37The will of the Lord alone is always carried out.
38Good and evil alike take place at his command.
39Why should we ever complain when we are punished for our sin?
40Let us examine our ways and turn back to the Lord.
41Let us open our hearts to God in heaven and pray,
42“We have sinned and rebelled, and you, O Lord, have not forgiven us.
43“You pursued us and killed us; your mercy was hidden by your anger,
44By a cloud of fury too thick for our prayers to get through.
45You have made us the garbage dump of the world.
46“We are insulted and mocked by all our enemies.
47We have been through disaster and ruin; we live in danger and fear.
48My eyes flow with rivers of tears at the destruction of my people.
49“My tears will pour out in a ceaseless stream
50Until the Lord looks down from heaven and sees us.
51My heart is grieved when I see what has happened to the women of the city.
52“I was trapped like a bird by enemies who had no cause to hate me.
53They threw me alive into a pit and closed the opening with a stone.
54Water began to close over me, and I thought death was near.
55“From the bottom of the pit, O Lord, I cried out to you,
56And when I begged you to listen to my cry, you heard.
57You answered me and told me not to be afraid.
What verses express hope and trust in the Lord? What verses in today’s reading resonate with you? What grieves your heart? What will you ask of God today?
Gracious God, you know my heart and have examined my ways. Trusting in your love and mercy, I turn to you with an open and humble heart and seek your forgiveness for the wrongs I have done. You hear my cries and comfort me with the assurance of your never-ending compassion. Amen.
Those who are crushed in spirit
Lamentations 5:1-22: A prayer for God’s mercy.