Read Lamentations Three
The prophet closes chapter three with this astounding confession: only God can save. And how does he know this? Because this has been his personal experience. He has experienced personal repentance, and he has called his nation to join him in repenting. While the nation’s response is yet unrecorded, the Man of Suffering knows: God alone can save.
Let’s look at this more in-depth.
Read Lamentations 3:55-58. Underline each of the verbs.
When understood in sequential order, what progression do you notice?
What does this tell us about the character of God?
The Man of suffering has confessed his sin to God and is determined to return to Him. While his situation remains yet unchanged, the prophet confesses that God alone can save. And we are privileged to hear God’s response:
I called …
You heard …
You came …
This is the narrative of our salvation! And here in the deepest place of pain – in the most devastating consequences for sin that we can imagine – here that narrative is recorded in plain sight for all to see. God has heard the prayers of His servant even though there is no temple. God has drawn near to His prophet, even though he was not able to offer a sacrifice in the holy place. And God redeemed him, even when there was nothing he could have done to deserve it. This, my friends, is the Gospel!
Friends, we have the same testimony. If you are in Christ, this is your story as well. We have called on God and He has responded by drawing near in the person of Christ and redeeming our lives from the pit. His redemption is unchanging, entirely at His own cost, and entirely free to the repentant sinner. Let that give you joy and comfort and boldness as you continually seek to repent of ongoing sins in your life in the present – God is ready to forgive!
Lamentations chapter 3 was the inspiration behind the famous hymn “Great is the Thy Faithfulness.” My favorite verse goes like this:
Great is Thy faithfulness
O God my Father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not
Thy compassions they fail not
As Thou hast been
Thou forever will be
How do you see this truth laid out in all of chapter three?
If you were familiar with this hymn previously, what new insights does our study of chapter three over the past several weeks give you to this song? What new appreciation does it incite in you?
How has chapter three changed your view of the character of God?
PRAY & REFLECT
Pray the words of “Great is Thy Faithfulness” to God. Praise Him for redeeming your life through Christ. Praise Him that His character is never-changing.