"His mercies never fail. They are new every morning" (Lam 3:22-23).
When my kids were younger, I used to chase them around the house to try and tickle them- call it tickle tag if you will. The rules were simple; I could only tickle them if I caught them running down the hall. If they reached any room, they were safe. Sometimes, they weren't in the mood to play tickle-tag, and if I followed after them trying to be sneaky. Kaitlyn or Row would sternly say, “No tickle!” I would respond, “Okay. No tickle. I promise.” That kind promise may seem like a small thing. But when I did what I claimed, my kids understood something of my personal character. They experienced consistency in that character. They knew my word is good, that they could trust me. Many think it's such a small thing...keeping such a promise. Only promises— keeping them, that is— happen to be the glue of any relationship. Promises lay a foundation of love and trust. I believe that’s what Peter meant when he said that God’s promises enable us to “participate in the divine nature” (2 Pt 2:4). When we take God at His Word, trusting what He says about Himself and about us, we encounter His heart. It gives God an opportunity to reveal His faithfulness and we are able to rest in what He says is true.
I’m so thankful that Scripture is billowing over with God's promises- all 7,486 of them. They are concrete reminders that “his compassions never fail. They are new every morning” (Lam 3:22-23).
"Lord, as we begin this day, we do so thanking you for the promise that you're always compassionate toward us- that you have mercy upon us. Because of that, we can trust that each day brings with it a sense of newness and relief. Help us to trust you, knowing that your Word is true and that it will never fail. In Jesus name. Amen."