We all know the classic verses in Lamentations 3.
“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
But when Jeremiah wrote the first seventeen verses in chapter three, he is in a dark and discouraging place. He says some things to the Lord that I have thought before. I love how Jeremiah is very honest with God. I’m so thankful we can be real and raw before God.
So, yesterday I personalized Lamentations 3:1–17 and there were a bunch of tears, of course. What I wrote is real and raw. I really wasn’t planning to share it when I wrote it but this morning when I woke up I knew the Lord wanted me to share it. I hope it will be a blessing to you.
1. I am a woman that has been afflicted and distressed.
2. He has taken my freedom away.
3. He has left me at my lowest point.
4. I feel so alone and discouraged.
5. I can’t talk to anyone about my struggles because they’ll never understand it.
6. He has made my body like it’s in chains, restricting my life from joy.
7. He doesn’t care what I’m going through
8. He has stopped his ears from my cry.
9. I have lost the purpose to pray.
10. I feel like I’m alone in a desert.
11. And I’m exiled there.
12. He has made me so tight I can’t do anything.
13. He has made my hands into fists and they will not open
14. He has made my eyes so they won’t stop squinting.
15. He has filled me with bitterness.
16. He has made my teeth grind so I’m unable to eat.
17. My soul is downcast and I am far from peace.
18. “And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the Lord:
19. Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.
20. My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.
21. This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
22. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
24. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
25. The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
26. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.”