New Every Morning
There’s something within me that when I go on the beach, I just have to walk on the sand, and on every bit, even if its in patches all over; I just want to run on the impeccable newness of sand washed by the tide, (Ok, so I don’t do that running bit physically, but I do in my heart and mind!) and place my footsteps there, or write on it, or something. Somehow its the fresh newness of it that is so attractive and compelling.
And I thought what a good picture that is of the fresh, washed-clean new day our Heavenly Father gives us, His children, every day of our lives; how the Lord’s loving faithfulness and covenant promises are new every morning (Lamentations 3). We only too readily remember the grudges we hold, and our bodge-ups and boo-boos from the previous days, re-playing them over and over, but He forgives and then has the ability to remember our sins no more; to sweep away the churned up, walked-all-over places of yesterday, and smooth and wash them clean.
It seems He’s rather partial to the concept of “new”; He wants to put a new song in my mouth, a song of wonder and celebration and confidence, not of fear and hopelessness: He wants to call me by a new name, not the names others have called me, or even that I’ve called myself like ‘Pathetic’ and ‘Stupid’. God told Ezekial three times He wanted to give him a new heart – a heart of flesh instead of a heart of stone, as well as a new spirit – for the times when we become so hard-hearted and cynical and selfishly uncompassionate, that’s a wonderful promise.
Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:23 that we’re to “take on an entirely new way of life – a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.” or more simply “to be made new in the attitude of your minds”. The powerful changing work of the Holy Spirit is His alone, but it seems we’re to “take it on” put ourselves consciously in the right place, on the beach so to speak! He also encourages us not to copy “the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2. A bit of partnership there too I think: We’re not to copy, and must ‘put off’ the behaviour we see all around us, and He does the mighty transforming bit.
We have been given a new birth, and through Jesus, we have entered into a new Covenant, through His blood, with our Heavenly Father, and we celebrate that through drinking, at Communion, of the cup of the new covenant. We have been given a new Commandment to love one another in the same way Jesus has loved us; purely, completely, intimately, faithfully, unconditionally, sacrificially, 100 per cent committed, perhaps the most difficult commandment of all! And for those of us whose bodies no longer behave in the way we would like them to, Paul’s words to the Corinthians are a great comfort “That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.” We also await with great anticipation the mysteries of a new heaven and earth and the new Jerusalem. “Behold, I make all things new.”
I now approach that beautiful pristine sand with even more joy and thankfulness, singing in my heart
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases
His mercies never come to an end,
They are new every morning
New every morning
Great is Your faithfulness, 0 Lord
Great is Your faithfulness