In today’s (chronological) Bible reading… Lamentations 1:1–3:36… Jeremiah pours out his heart concerning the situation of God’s people.
Jeremiah is sometimes called “the weeping prophet”. A “lamentation” is ‘the heart-song that comes from a grieving heart’. It seems, at times, Jeremiah may have even been depressed. He prophesied about the destruction of Jerusalem… then wept and mourned when it actually happened.
But, in the midst of the tragedy, God gave Jeremiah some of the most beautiful and deep promises found anywhere in the Bible.
Jeremiah was afflicted… and his soul was bowed down, but he also came to know “the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercy never comes to an end; they are new every morning.” We sing Jeremiah’s heart-song when we sing that great hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”.
When Jeremiah woke up each morning, nothing around him had changed. Jerusalem was still in ruins and Jeremiah and his friends were still in captivity. But, Jeremiah also knew God was still good. Jeremiah was able to announce to his people that the Babylonian Exile had an ending point… and God was still in control. After 70 years, God’s people would be allowed to return to their homeland.
Jeremiah sometimes had to share harsh and tragic words with his people. But, because God is merciful, Jeremiah was also able to share a message of hope.