It’s a fine spring morning over here, reminding me of this amazing verse from Isaiah 61.
“For as the earth brings forth its bud,
As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth,
So the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” ~ Isaiah 61:11
In the northern hemisphere, this is SPRING! It’s the time of life bursting forth, casting off dormancy, plunging the outdoors in colour and hope. As I watch little seeds sprout and grow, I am aware of the amazing fact that the seasons have not stopped. Spring is upon us with vibrancy … so let our righteousness and praise spring forth before all the nations!
With it being Good Friday today, and with Resurrection Sunday coming just around the corner, these verses from the start of the chapter are beautifully encouraging.
I like to read the lines slowly, and let their impact sink in. What a marvellous Saviour Christ is!
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me,
Because the LORD has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness:
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”
Praying that you may you be blessed and en-courage-d in Him this weekend!
~ C.R. Hedgcock
Please feel free to share your favorite verses in the comments! Let’s fill our minds with the Word of truth and build one another up. 🙂 Some further verses: 1 Josh. 1:8-9