He has made my teeth grind on gravel,
and made me cower in ashes;
my soul is bereft of peace;
I have forgotten what happiness is;
so I say, “My endurance has perished;
so has my hope from the Lord.”
Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
the wormwood and the gall!
My soul continually remembers it
and is bowed down within me.
But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
"therefore I will hope in him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
to the soul who seeks Him.
God's new mercies give us refreshment and rest when we're suffering or just dealing with the normal stress of the day.
For a few years now, I've read Paul David Tripp's three tweets on grace and mercy every morning. It's been a good reminder, a good way to meditate for even a few moments daily on the significance of God's grace and how it works out in my life. Even when things are going well, it's good to be reminded that all I am and have is because of God's grace and no merit in me. It's a good attitude adjustment no matter my circumstances and feelings. Shifting my focus to God's grace gives my soul rest.
So I was very excited to see Tripp's new daily devotion book New Morning Mercies published by Crossway. I've read several of Tripp's books and have used the ones on the Psalms for daily devotion to meditate on the Psalms for a few weeks. His meditations are insightful and practical. Some are poems. I'm not really a poetry lover, but I have learned a lot from his creative expressions.
I'm using this actually for evening devotion, to rest my soul a bit after busy days. I've given a copy to a friend who also needs some rest. Tripp's books are always helpful and I'm glad to have one now that is a daily reading and meditation.