Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Advent 12

Psalm 77
Isaiah 40:1-11; 28-31


     As David's psalm denotes a shift from the despair of a soul which "refuses to be comforted" to a consideration of "the days of old" and a spirit which would make a "deliberate search," so too must we shift our attention from any problem at hand to the  One who has delivered us in the past and who alone is able to deliver us from any current circumstance.

     In a similar vein of thought, Isaiah is directed to speak a word of hope, a promise of deliverance:
  • in the wilderness;
  • in the desert;
  • in the valley;
  • through the mountains;
  • on uneven ground; and
  • in the rough places.
A highway - a broad and smooth, a fast moving, even pathway is to be made for our God.  We are to prepare...    

     Isaiah makes it clear that even though we are but grass or the flowers of the field which, as the breath of the Lord blows on us, will wither and fade, the Word, the very Breath of God, will endure forever. The Lord is the everlasting God who neither faints nor grows weary. And -

He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
 
     In this season of Advent, of beginnings, of preparation to celebrate His birth and His coming again, let us hold fast to His promises.  In the words of Psalm 32:24 -

Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait on the Lord!

 
AMEN!


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