Devotional Snippets: Lamentations 3:22-24

Pray what God wants for you, not who you currently are.

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.”
Lamentations 3:22-24

This is an amazing passage that is well-familiar to most of us. We love to think of this passage when our soul sings with praise toward God, thankful for all He has done for us. God has let me into my first choice school, His mercies are great. God has allowed me to go on a date with my crush, His mercies are never-ending.

But do we think of this passage when we are in the depths of ruin? Can I honestly say that the Lord is my portion after I’ve sinned? During these times of self-pity and emotional despair, we tend to hang our head in shame in fear of facing God. But this is the time when the prayer is well prayed. “The Lord is my portion, therefore I will hope in him.” This prayer doesn’t spring from a righteous position of doing well, but rather a need for that portion. I’ve sinned. I need mercy. I can only hope in the one true source of mercy; He is my portion.