The joy of our hearts has ceased;
our dancing has been turned to mourning.
The crown has fallen from our head;
woe to us, for we have sinned!
For this our heart has become sick,
for these things our eyes have grown dim,
for Mount Zion which lies desolate;
jackals prowl over it.
But you, O LORD, reign forever;
your throne endures to all generations.
Why do you forget us forever,
why do you forsake us for so many days?
Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may be restored!
Renew our days as of old—
unless you have utterly rejected us,
and you remain exceedingly angry with us.
by: Dale Rood.
This is an interesting note with which to end this book. Remember, however, that this is Jeremiah's journal, and as such he is journaling his feelings and struggles honestly before the Lord. The high point of his journal is not here but rather in the "great is your faithfulness" passage of chapter 3. Nevertheless, notice the high position that Jeremiah ascribes to the Lord in verses 19 and 21. Verse 21 reminds me of the song, "Change My Heart, O God." But notice that when God changes us, we shall be truly changed. Can you pray verse 21 for yourself?