Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Morning Bible Study: Lamentations 3:21-36

21 Yet this I call to mind
    and therefore I have hope:

22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,

    for his compassions never fail.

23 They are new every morning;

    great is your faithfulness.

24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;

    therefore I will wait for him.”

25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,

    to the one who seeks him;

26 it is good to wait quietly

    for the salvation of the Lord.

27 It is good for a man to bear the yoke

    while he is young.

28 Let him sit alone in silence,

    for the Lord has laid it on him.

29 Let him bury his face in the dust—

    there may yet be hope.

30 Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him,

    and let him be filled with disgrace.

31 For no one is cast off

    by the Lord forever.

32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,

    so great is his unfailing love.

33 For he does not willingly bring affliction

    or grief to anyone.

34 To crush underfoot

    all prisoners in the land,

35 to deny people their rights

    before the Most High,

36 to deprive them of justice—

    would not the Lord see such things?


(the following is from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary --

"Having stated his distress and temptation, the prophet shows how he was raised above it. Bad as things are, it is owing to the mercy of God that they are not worse. We should observe what makes for us, as well as what is against us. God's compassions fail not; of this we have fresh instances every morning. Portions on earth are perishing things, but God is a portion for ever. It is our duty, and will be our comfort and satisfaction, to hope and quietly to wait for the salvation of the Lord. Afflictions do and will work very much for good: many have found it good to bear this yoke in their youth; it has made many humble and serious, and has weaned them from the world, who otherwise would have been proud and unruly. If tribulation work patience, that patience will work experience, and that experience a hope that makes not ashamed. Due thoughts of the evil of sin, and of our own sinfulness, will convince us that it is of the Lord's mercies we are not consumed. If we cannot say with unwavering voice, The Lord is my portion; may we not say, I desire to have Him for my portion and salvation, and in his word do I hope? Happy shall we be, if we learn to receive affliction as laid upon us by the hand of God."

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Morning Bible Study: Lamentations 3:1-20

3:1 I am the man who has seen affliction

    by the rod of the Lord’s wrath.

He has driven me away and made me walk

    in darkness rather than light;

indeed, he has turned his hand against me

    again and again, all day long.

He has made my skin and my flesh grow old

    and has broken my bones.

He has besieged me and surrounded me

    with bitterness and hardship.

He has made me dwell in darkness

    like those long dead.

He has walled me in so I cannot escape;

    he has weighed me down with chains.

Even when I call out or cry for help,

    he shuts out my prayer.

He has barred my way with blocks of stone;

    he has made my paths crooked.

10 Like a bear lying in wait,

    like a lion in hiding,

11 he dragged me from the path and mangled me

    and left me without help.

12 He drew his bow

    and made me the target for his arrows.

13 He pierced my heart

    with arrows from his quiver.

14 I became the laughingstock of all my people;

    they mock me in song all day long.

15 He has filled me with bitter herbs

    and given me gall to drink.

16 He has broken my teeth with gravel;

    he has trampled me in the dust.

17 I have been deprived of peace;

    I have forgotten what prosperity is.

18 So I say, “My splendor is gone

    and all that I had hoped from the Lord.”

19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,

    the bitterness and the gall.

20 I well remember them,

    and my soul is downcast within me.


(the following is from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary --

"The prophet relates the more gloomy and discouraging part of his experience, and how he found support and relief. In the time of his trial the Lord had become terrible to him. It was an affliction that was misery itself; for sin makes the cup of affliction a bitter cup. The struggle between unbelief and faith is often very severe. But the weakest believer is wrong, if he thinks that his strength and hope are perished from the Lord."