This morning, I’m zeroing in on the reminders that have been written and established in the scriptures.
His Word is sure—the victory has already been won.
The victory always has been the Lord’s, and it always will be.
No matter what we are facing right now in our lifetime, we can rest and find joy in knowing that our God has His plans of victory set in place for His people. ?
And it will be glorious!
Remember this whenever you are discouraged about the evil in this world…
Isaiah 25 is a “prolepsis, that is, an anticipation of the rejoicing and praise of God which the redeemed of all ages will sing.”
But as His people who stand with Him (and we stand only because of Him)…
…We get to go ahead and celebrate this here and now!
I believe it brings great joy to our Heavenly Father, a warmth to His heart, when we go ahead and praise Him for what we trust He will so faithfully do. ?
…it does something “in the now” that we cannot see.
Even in the midst of great darkness that we face right now…
But always remember that Christ is a light to the world, even now, through us!
Why do you think we are here? ☀️
He has a mission for us while we are living here. ?
“The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.”—Isaiah 9:2
So let’s praise Him now, and let’s remember what He has done, let’s remember what He is doing even now, and let’s remember what He has promised to do when He ties this whole thing up so beautifully ?
And let’s be grateful, and let’s anticipate… and we will be filled with unexplainable joy, and life, and love and LIGHT, even in the midst of the trials that we face.
God’s Hand Rests on This Mountain
25 1-5 God, you are my God.
I celebrate you. I praise you.
You’ve done your share of miracle-wonders,
well-thought-out plans, solid and sure.
Here you’ve reduced the city to rubble,
the strong city to a pile of stones.
The enemy Big City is a non-city,
never to be a city again.
Superpowers will see it and honor you,
brutal oppressors bow in worshipful reverence.
They’ll see that you take care of the poor,
that you take care of poor people in trouble,
Provide a warm, dry place in bad weather,
provide a cool place when it’s hot.
Brutal oppressors are like a winter blizzard
and vicious foreigners like high noon in the desert.
But you, shelter from the storm and shade from the sun,
shut the mouths of the big-mouthed bullies.
6-8 But here on this mountain, God-of-the-Angel-Armies
will throw a feast for all the people of the world,
A feast of the finest foods, a feast with vintage wines,
a feast of seven courses, a feast lavish with gourmet desserts.
And here on this mountain, God will banish
the pall of doom hanging over all peoples,
The shadow of doom darkening all nations.
Yes, he’ll banish death forever.
And God will wipe the tears from every face.
He’ll remove every sign of disgrace
From his people, wherever they are.
Yes! God says so!
9-10 Also at that time, people will say,
“Look at what’s happened! This is our God!
We waited for him and he showed up and saved us!
This God, the one we waited for!
Let’s celebrate, sing the joys of his salvation.
God’s hand rests on this mountain!”
10-12 As for the Moabites, they’ll be treated like refuse,
waste shoveled into a cesspool.
Thrash away as they will,
like swimmers trying to stay afloat,
They’ll sink in the sewage.
Their pride will pull them under.
Their famous fortifications will crumble to nothing,
those mighty walls reduced to dust.”
Thank You, Father. ? You are the One true God and even in the midst of darkness, we praise You for what You have spoken, we praise You for what You are doing now, and we praise You for what You have already established in Your plans! And You give way for our hearts to rejoice, even now!
“I rejoice at Your word,
As one who finds great spoil.”—Psalm 119:162
“The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.”—Psalm 19:8
“Your words were found and I ate them,
And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart;
For I have been called by Your name,
O Lord God of hosts.“—Jeremiah 15:16