Living “Smitten” with Our Father

This I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Lam. 3:19–24 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, today is another day kissed with another deposit of your fresh mercies. You are so rock-steady grace-full towards us, so we join Jeremiah (the author of Lamentations) in calling to mind your incomparable love and inviolate faithfulness.

In fact, we can “call to mind” much more of your love and faithfulness than Jeremiah could. Our place in the history of redemption is much better than his. Your prophet-son lived looking forward to the coming of Jesus and the fulfillment of the promises of the New Covenant (Jer. 31:31–34).

But we live on this side of the fulfillment of these bodacious, bountiful, and beautiful promises. We should be much quicker to praise, trust, and hope in you, Father. By your Holy Spirit, make it so.

Jesus is the reason we aren’t consumed with guilt, paralyzed with fear, or stuck in our shame. By Jesus’ finished work, you’ve made us your beloved daughters and sons. We’re not slaves or orphans; we’re family—your family, now and forever. Your banner over us is love and your desire for us is great.

This is why we say, shout, and sing with Jeremiah, “the LORD is my portion”—our banquet, treasure, and inheritance. May this be increasingly true and real to us, Father. Keep changing and adjusting the price tags in our lives. Don’t let the fool’s gold of our culture, or the lusts of our hearts, to functionally devalue knowing you and the riches of the Gospel.

We want to live and stay “smitten” with you, Father. Our hope is in you—not in romance or riches, pain-free living or reputation-building striving. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ beautiful and trustworthy name.