For Jerusalem, the situation seemed to be hopeless. Humanly speaking, everything looked very gloomy. This was the situation into which the word of the Lord came. Often, our feelings may tell us, “My enemies have triumphed” (Lamentations 1:9). These are the times when we must learn to look beyond our feelings, believing that God has His Word for us, and it is a Word of victory.
There is so much, in Lamentations 2,
about God’s judgment. It is, however, encouraging to read the words of
Lamentations 2:13 - God’s people are described as the “beloved people of
Zion.” Beloved - This is a great word. God used this word to describe
Jesus - His Beloved Son. We are in Christ. We are in the Beloved. We are
God’s Beloved. We are loved with an everlasting love.
heart of this book, in which there is much lamentation, we find words of
great encouragement - “Great is Thy faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:23).
The Lord is assuring us that, whatever may happen to us, here is
something that never changes: the faithfulness of God.
what Lamentations says to us about God’s judgment. We also hear what it
says about His faithfulness. Through our sin, we have brought God’s
judgment upon ourselves - This is the bad news concerning ourselves.
Through His faithful love, we receive the forgiveness of our sins - This
is the Good News of God’s love for sinners.
In Lamentations 5, we
have a prayer of the prophet. As he prays for a return to the Lord - “O
Lord, bring us back to You ...” (Lamentations 5:21), he affirms that
the Lord is King - “You, O Lord, sit enthroned for ever” (Lamentations
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