Lamentations 3 He felt he was in a graveyard (1, 2, 6) He felt & looked old (3-4) He felt surrounded, hemmed in, weighed down (5-7) He felt God had slammed the door on his supplications (8) He felt God was out to destroy him (10-11) He felt God had become his enemy (12-13) He heard the people ridicule him (14) He felt God was force feeding him bitter herbs (15) He felt like a man with broken teeth, groveling & pleading for mercy in the dust (16) He felt no “shalom” (17) He felt he was in the depths of despair; all hope lost (18) Lamentations 3:19 - Remember my affliction & my wandering, the wormwood & bitterness. 20 Surely my soul remembers & is bowed down within me. 21 This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord is merciful & compassionate every day (22-23) The Lord is our portion; our inheritance (24) The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, & seek Him (25-26) The Lord “laid it on” us for our good (27-28) The Lord doesn’t cast off His people & forget them (31) The Lord loves us in the midst of pain (32) The Lord doesn’t enjoy chastening His own & He feels our pain (33) The Lord sees the way His people are treated (34-36) The Lord is in control of all events (37-38) The Lord’s chastening is evidence of His love (39) Live one day at a time. Draw upon God’s mercy every day.