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  • Writer's pictureBy Pastor Andy Plank

The Lord is My Portion

October 8, 2023

I woke up really tired this morning. Maybe you did too. I have felt sort of blah lately. Maybe you have too. While recovering from this kidney surgery the past month or so, I am really feeling my age most days and while you might not be on the back end of kidney surgery, you might feel like you too have been “rode hard and put up wet” as the old cowboy used to say. So, what do we do? Do we just give up and resign ourselves to feeling yucky for the next twenty years? I read a scripture this morning that I have read no telling how many times in the past, but this morning a lightbulb went off in my head! Lamentations 3:22-24 says, “Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, says my soul, Therefore I hope in Him!” Let these verses sink deeply into your soul. Even though we might not feel as well as we would like, the only reason we are able to “feel” at all is due to the Lord’s mercies. Without those mercies (did you notice that Jeremiah reminds us God’s mercies are plural) we would simply wither away. Notice that God’s compassions (that word is plural as well) never fail. Watch this next phrase. God’s mercies and compassions are new EVERY morning. Are you getting the drift of where we are heading? God’s mercies and compassions are new EVERY morning. The are not merely available every now and then when things get super bad, or we are feeling super depressed. EVERY morning when we wake up, we need to tap into those compassions and mercies. Let the FRESH mercies and compassions of Yahweh wash over us like rain washes over parched soil. God showed us His mercy when He allowed us to wake up this morning. He showed us compassion when He gave us the ability to get out of bed under our own power (or even with the help of someone else’s power). We have one more chance to do things right; a chance to work in God’s Kingdom one more time. Isn’t God faithful? He isn’t faithful every now and then, He is faithful all the time. Let’s join with Jeremiah as he states, “The Lord is my portion.” He is all we need. I am putting my hope and trust in Him. I feel better already. How about you?

Be blessed and then go be a blessing . . . Bro. Andy

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