Remember the Heavens, Waters, and the Word
This morning I arose with my mind still floating, still hovering in a place of wonder and astonishment because of the insights, the realizations made clearer to me concerning the awesomeness of God as I conclude this week’s meditation on Isaiah 55. On Thursday, prompted by my focus on vss. 6-9, I was filled with feelings of amazement as I thought about the vastness of the heavens, the galaxies which the Lord has made. On Friday, as vss.10-11 were opened to me, and I was moved to a state of quiet awe as I considered the subtle beauty of God’s perpetual process, God’s profound plan to use the rains and snow to water the world, refresh and sustain God’s earth. Every verse of the chapter, with its invitations and instructions, its pronouncements and promises, its pictures underscoring the truth of God’s covenant with God’s people, all lead us to the Lord’s everlasting promise expressed in these final words (vss. 12-13). Here is my “re-visioning”, “re-phrasing” of vss. 12-13, the Lord’s assurance to us, as we accept God’s inconceivable invitation to covenant:
12 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
13 the pine tree will grow, rather than thornbushes
that can only entangle and trap.
the myrtle will grow, instead of fruitless briers.
The blessings and fruitfulness God brings forth
will be for the Lord’s renown,
for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed.”
Let Us Pray
Lord God, help us to hide your word within our being that we dare not sin against thee. Help us to retain your promises in our hearts, your visions in our minds, and your ways in our walk… daily… that we would keep covenant with you, dear Lord. For you, are our true and faithful God!