Saturday, April 16, 2011
I wish I could offer some beautiful commentary to go along with the following passages. I wish I could recount for you every moment this week when I've used these passages as my lifelines. I wish you could see just how tenderly the God of the universe has touched my heart with these words... but then again, I want YOU to experience his personal touch on YOUR heart. All I can say is that this week, I have been poor, brokenhearted, held captive, bound, mournful, and faint in spirit. And...I think you have been too. Because this passage is for God's people; the one's who really need him. Gloria in excelsis Deo!
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.
They shall build up the ancient ruins;
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.
You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
and your land shall no more be termed Desolate,
but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,
and your land Married;
for the LORD delights in you,
and your land shall be married.
For as a young man marries a young woman,
so shall your sons marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so shall your God rejoice over you.