A Meditation on Love
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
Growing up, I encountered many well-meaning Sunday school teachers that described the Bible as God’s love letter to His people, or that it was the greatest love story ever told. Such love-talk left my 9-year-old mind very confused–where was the romance? Who loved whom?
It wasn’t until I was much older that I started getting a sense of what my teachers were talking about: that everything God’s did was driven by love. Now that I can see the depth and breadth of God’s love throughout scripture, it seems like a never-ending well.
Love in Light of Christmas
During this Advent season, as we’re preparing our hearts for the coming of Christ, God’s love, from the beginning of time to all eternity, comes into sharp focus. God created us out of love. God is faithful to us out of love. God gave us Christ to save us . . . out of love.
Our verse this week, from the Old Testament, is part of a poetic lament for the destruction of Jerusalem. It may seem like an odd source at first, but this verse so embodies our hope in God’s love during trials and sorrow, that I couldn’t resist.
In particular, I love the word “consumed.” The Israelites will not be consumed despite the destruction of their city. And likewise, despite our sinful nature, we will not be consumed by death because God has, in His great love, given us Jesus. He showed us compassion by giving us redemption. We are continually cleansed by the blood of Christ. The Lord was as faithful then as He is now.
Here’s a look at my dialogue with the Holy Spirit while meditating on this passage. This is just a model to get you started. Meditating on scripture is a very personal journey and relationship with God, but you may find my Meditation Guide helpful. Subscribe now to my Newsletter and get immediate access to a Free Printable Library that includes a Meditation Journal Page for this verse.
Because of the Lord’s great love — Lord, your GREAT love is the source of all you do for me. I’m quiet and still with the knowledge of how much you love me. I can sense your presence and feel your love.
we are not consumed, — I can see a wave of sorrow, fear, death, despair, trying to overcome me, but Jesus standing in the way and protecting me. I offer up thanks to the Lord for my salvation.
for his compassions never fail. — He always loves me. And His love will always protect me. I picture God’s never ending compassion for me and all mankind. There is no weakness in it; there is no end to it.
They are new every morning; — Each day gives me fresh insight into His love for me. Each moment is renewed.
great is your faithfulness. — I’m humbled by God’s faithfulness to me. I am reminded how insignificant I am, yet the maker of heaven and earth is my strength. I am silent in awe and thankfulness.
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Lord’s great love
New every morning
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