"Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old." Lamentations 5:21
IN JESUS TODAY!
When restoring an old car or flipping a previously lived in house, we must first have an idea of what it looked like in it's glory day, when it was new and fresh, having no blemish. This plea for God's mercy is in the midst of Jeremiah's lament over Israel's suffering condition and it's effects on his people. Jeremiah remembered Israel and it's former glory and he cried out to God asking God to be mindful of all that they had went through and to consider the pain of all that has come upon them, that he might consider this and have mercy on them, as we read, "Remember, O Lord, what has come upon us: consider and behold our reproach." Lamentations 5:1 This brings us to question, Why does Jeremiah believe that he can petition God for mercy? What makes Jeremiah know that God is a caring God and full of mercy? Jeremiah knows God's heart, like David he also was after God's heart and knew that God is a righteous God who is full of mercy and desires restoration for all who are broken, as we read, "The spirit of the Lord is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound." Isaiah 61:1 You see friend, God desires that we are happy, not sad! God desires that we are made whole, not broken. God desires that we live in victory, not defeat! For this cause God is forever merciful unto us, and his mercy endures forever! God is able to renew and restore, and he calls out unto us to come to him, even after everything seems to be broken and lost, so that we might believe and turn unto him for help!
God says, come to me and I will bind up your broken heart, come to me and I will fix your broken life, and come to me and I will give to you the peace and rest that you are searching for! God is merciful! God is full of mercy!