The prophet Isaiah concludes a powerful Messianic prophecy with a doxology of praise:
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
My soul shall be joyful in my God;
For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
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.
History is moving toward a glorious climax with the return of Messiah. At that time, the Messianic Kingdom will become a reality, Israel will be exalted and the whole world will experience the glory of the Lord.
Because God is guiding all of creation toward that moment, we can rejoice with the prophet Isaiah. As recipients of God’s grace, we enjoy salvation and the assurance that His purposes will not fail.
Don’t allow world conditions to stifle your praise during worship today. Instead, be reminded afresh of God’s faithfulness and praise Him that He is moving all of history toward a spectacular conclusion. Amen!
Image: A Wedding at Sunrise in front of the Temple Mount. By Jaelle Chouraqui Pikiwiki Israel [CC BY 2.5],via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only. Repost/Reprint with permission from the author. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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