♣ New as the Dew

Morning Dew

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness” – Lamentations 3:22-23.

WHILE GOD’S MERCIES are likened to the morning dew, they infinitely transcend nature; they never dissipate; they are ongoing and ever-flowing throughout every moment of the day. They are fresh to meet our needs of today – this very instant in time. Yesterday’s mercy will not uphold us this day, although the memory of God’s goodness will help us meditate on His goodness to find Him anew today; God’s grace of yesterday will not be sufficient for us today, but sings the promise of tomorrow’s grace, thus finding God’s sufficiency in the now.

God’s new mercies are fresher than the virgin snow, cleansing from sin as if Christ had just shed His blood; His blood avails; God’s everlasting love conquers our waywardness; His mercy keeps us and pursues us – it pursues us! What mercy this is, mercy that will not let us go; mercy that cleanses us from our vileness and unfaithfulness; mercy that clothes us with the robe of Christ’s righteousness; mercy that washes our feet from the stains of the world; mercy that keeps us heavenward bound; mercy that fans into flame our weak love for Him; mercy that opens our eyes and melts our hearts from all indifference.

Seek it in the morning before anything else; let everything of today flow from this reality; let everything suspend from it; let everything have purpose because of it. Drink freely and as much as you can and let your soul be saturated with His love. Come back to this fount throughout the day, indeed, abide in it.

These are new mercies that we have never tasted before, “Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free.” His mercies will never be exhausted, or ever fathomed; eternity of all eternities will never cease in revealing this endless ocean. Yes, the apostle Paul prayed, “…that you may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:17-19), but Paul’s desire was that we be filled to our capacity. If God were to give of His glory without measure, we could not withstand the power. This has been the testimony of many who were so overwhelmed with the love of God; they asked of Him to stay His hand.

Having referred to it numerous times before, I cannot but help mention it again: “We can have as much of God as we want and we can be as close to Him as much as we want to” – A.W. Tozer. We miss out on so much of the riches that are already before us. May the Holy Spirit lead us this coming New Year into glorious depths we have never dreamed of.

O the deep, deep love of Jesus!
Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free,
Rolling as a mighty ocean
In its fullness over me
Underneath me, all around me,
Is the current of Thy love;
Leading me onward, leading me homeward,
To my glorious rest above.

O the deep, deep love of Jesus!
Spread His praise from shore to shore,
How He loveth, ever loveth,
Changeth never, nevermore;
How He watches o’er His loved ones,
Died to call them all His own;
How for them He intercedeth,
Watcheth o’er them from the throne.

O the deep, deep love of Jesus!
Love of every love the best;
’Tis an ocean vast of blessing,
’Tis a haven sweet of rest.
O the deep, deep love of Jesus!
’Tis a heaven of heavens to me;
And it lifts me up to glory,
For it lifts me up to Thee.

(Hymn by Samuel Trevor Francis)

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Posted on December 31, 2013, in ♣ Devotional and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I have just finished reading this beautiful post and the precious comments that you two have shared. They are an encouraging post in themselves … full of uplifting praise, humility, love and understanding … thank you for sharing.

    • You are most welcome and thank you so much for your encouraging feedback. It is amazing how the Spirit works among those throughout the body of Christ to share and reciprocate what God in His mercy has freely and graciously given us. All glory to His name and every rich blessing on you.

      P.S. Please excuse my delayed reply for having been tied up with other matters.

  2. Thank you for making me possible to translate such an inspiring post – by being willing to write it (and all the others, too) as the Lord leads and inspires you. PTL. I have told you the imagery of dew is very special to me… I just had to translate. 🙂 And I have already got some feedback by some Hungarian friends of mine who all said it has been a most encouraging post for them. So I just thank the Lord for it – and thank you, too. 🙂

    I really believe God has given you a gift to write such devotionals for the use and edification of the Body of Christ. In the past few years I have read and searched many Christian writers and many different types of writings and devotionals – and I can tell you: I can just sense the same Christ-exalting, spiritually refined and mature spirit in your posts as when I e.g. read the “Streams in the Desert” compilation (that is why I have mentioned it earlier). So please do keep writing – for the glory of the Lord!

    …And thank you for liking the picture – I have already used one green dew image so I just decided to look for another one with a different setting. I was glad when I found this one… sort of feminine, but I liked it a lot. 🙂

    Have a blessed day and thank you for everything. God bless you.

    • You picked a very colourful image; one of the best I’ve seen in capturing the beauty of dew and the colours are very tasteful too. God made the flowers in all their delicateness not just for women to appreciate. Men kind of act macho (hardly showing emotion) which is an insult to God from Whose heart came the beauty that we see; we need to behold it with more wonder.

      There is no way to boast or claim credit for these posts. I would never have dreamed of doing this; if it is a gift then all honour and praise is due to God. Your encouragement is worth more than you realise, for which I am truly grateful. Above all, it is very uplifting to know that others are being touched as a result to know Him and serve Him better. Pain and tears are worth it if others are nourished as a result; we are comforted in our affliction that we may know how to comfort others.

      “For the glory of the Lord” as you said. It is all for Him and unto Him; He knows as and when to use words that are life to touch, lift and exhort those that need it. We need to continue to be obedient and not grow weary when no results show; so much goes on behind the scenes in His purposes.

      Well, God richly bless you Ellah for all your kindness, time and efforts in all the translation that you do; these are one of the very rare gifts in the Church today – to be able to communicate truths through another language. May you see the fruit of all your labours multiply a hundred fold.

  3. Beautiful, heart-uplifting and inspiring – thank you for this post. The imagery of dew is one of my favorite ones… And seeking God’s presence above all is something I definitely endeavor to do more this year – your post has greatly encouraged me in this respect! And it is just breathtakingly beautiful. PTL. …As if it was directly from Streams in the Desert, my beloved devotional book. 🙂 Please let me know if you ever plan to compile a new devotional book from your posts – I will be eager to get it… 🙂

    I hope you and your dear wife are fine – I have been away from the net for a while as I needed some rest after some hard months of working on a translation project. And here I am, back in action as the grace of God permits. Have a blessed day, God bless you.

    • Thank you for taking the time to read and for your most encouraging feedback; you have been missed on Word Press and is great to see you back again and look forward to reading your posts as you endeavour to labour for Him. May this New Year be blessed and as Oswald Chambers said, “May the Lord have a New Year through you.”

      ‘Streams in the Desert’ is an excellent devotion and has oftentimes been very timely and apt – we are both fine and in good health, looking to the Lord for His ways to unfold this year among the challenges.

      It is good to come away from all the rush at times and rest, gain sharper focus and realignment. We all need those times, more often than we think, to come to Him and know His refreshing presence where all weariness, heaviness and even wrong perceptions of life dissipate.

      May God’s blessing fall on you and your husband richly this year; may He bless all your labours for Him. Nothing is wasted even though others may not notice at times, God pays great attention to the smallest details.

  4. God bless you for all your labours unto Him. Thank you for all that you post and for taking the time to translate. I am humbled that you have selected one of my writings; when I see the authors that you post, I consider myself way out of their league to even walk in their shoes.

    P.S. The picture you have chosen is excellent.

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