3 December 2011
Let the upright nation come in, she, the faithful one—Extracted from Isaiah, Chapter 26:1-6
That day, the song will be sung in the land of Judah:
We have a strong city; to guard us He (hereinafter referred to “the Lord”) has set wall and rampart about us.
Open the gates! Let the upright nation come in, she, the faithful one whose mind is steadfast, who keeps the peace, because she trusts in You (hereinafter referred to “the Lord”).
Trust in the Lord for ever, for the Lord is the everlasting Rock; he has brought low those who lived high up in the steep citadel; he brings it down, brings it down to the ground, flings it down in the dust: the feet of the lowly, the footsteps of the poor trample on it.
That day the eyes of the blind will see - Extracted from Isaiah, Chapter 29:17-24
The Lord says this:
In a short time, a very short time, shall not Lebanon become fertile land and fertile land turn into forest?
The deaf, that day, will hear the words of a book and, after shadow and darkness, the eyes of the blind will see. 8-)
But the lowly will rejoice in the Lord even more and the poorest exult in the Holy One of Israel; for tyrants shall be no more, and scoffers vanish, and all will be destroyed who disposed to do evil:
those who gossips to incriminate others, those who try at the gate to trip the arbitrator and get the upright’s man case dismissed for groundless reasons.
Therefore the Lord speaks, the God of the House of Jacob, Abraham’s redeemer:
No longer shall Jacob be ashamed, no more shall his face grow pale, for he shall see what My hands have done in his midst, he shall hold My Name holy.
They will hallow the Holy One of Jacob, stand in awe of the God of Israel.
Erring spirits will learn wisdom and murmurers accept instruction.
He will be gracious to you when He hears your cry
- Extracted from Isaiah, Chapter 30: 19-21, 23-26
Thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:
People of Zion, you will live in Jerusalem and weep no more.
He will be gracious to you when He hears your cry; when He hears he will answer.
When the Lord has given you the bread of suffering and the water of distress, He who is Your Teacher will hide no longer, and you will see Your Teacher with your own eyes.
Whether you turn to right or left, your ears will hear these words behind you, ‘That is the way, follow it.’
He will send rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the bread that the ground provides will be rich and nourishing.
Your cattle will graze, that day in wide pastures.
Oxen and donkeys that till the ground will eat a salted fodder, winnowed with shovel and the fork.
On every lofty mountain, on every hill there will be streams and watercourses, on the day of the great slaughter when the stronghold will fall.
The moonlight will be bright as sunlight and sunlight itself will be seven (7) times brighter—like the light of seven (7) days in one (1) –on the day the Lord dresses the wound of his people and heals the bruises his blows have left.
Our God consoles his people—Extracted from Isaiah, Chapter 40:1-11
‘Console my people, console them’ says your God.
‘Speak to the heart of Jerusalem and call to her that her time of service is ended, that her sin is atoned for, that she has received from the hand of the Lord double punishment for all her crimes.’
A voice cries, ‘Prepare in the wilderness a way for the Lord.
Make a straight highway for our God across the desert.
Let every valley be filled in, every mountain and hill be laid low, let every cliff become a plain, and the ridges a valley; then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all mankind shall see it; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
A voice commands: ‘Cry!’ and I answered, ‘What shall I cry?’ -
‘All flesh is grass and its beauty like the wild flower’s.
The grass withers, the flowers fades when the breath of the Lord blows on them. (The grass is without doubt the people.)
The grass withers, the flowers fades, but the word of our God remains for ever.’
Go up on a high mountain, joyful messenger to Zion.
Shout with a loud voice, joyful messenger to Jerusalem.
Shout without fear, say to the towns of Judah, ‘Here is your God.’
Here the Lord is coming with power, His arms subduing all things to Him.
The prize of victory is with Him, His trophies all go before Him.
He is like a shepherd feeding His flock, gathering lambs in His arms, holding them against his breast and leading to their rest the mother ewes. 8-)
3 December 2011
7 April 2012
The Lord Almighty gives strength to the wearied - Extracted from Isaiah, Chapter 40:25-31
‘To whom could you liken Me and who could be My equal?’ says the Holy One.
Lift your eyes and look. Who made these stars if not He who drills them like an army, calling each one by name?
So mighty is His power, so great His strength, that not one fails to answer.
How can you say, Jacob, how can you insist Israel, ‘My destiny is hidden from the Lord, my rights are ignored by my God’?
Did you not know? Have you not heard?
The Lord is an everlasting God, He created the boundaries of the earth.
He does not grow tired or weary, His understanding is beyond fathoming.
He gives strength to the wearied, He strengthens the powerless.
Young man may grow tired and weary, youth may stumble, but those who hope in the Lord renew their strength, they put out wings like eagles.
They run and do not grow weary, walk and never tire.
Sharing: Listen to “Like Eagles” @ http://www.youtube.com . 8-)
7 April 2012
3 December 2011
I, the Holy One of Israel, am your Redeemer—Extracted from Isaiah, Chapter 41: 13-20
I, the Lord, your God, I am holding you by your right hand; I tell you, ‘Do not be afraid, I will help you.’
Do not be afraid, Jacob, poor worm, Israel, puny mite.
I will help you—it is the Lord who speaks—The Holy one of Israel is your redeemer.
See, I turn you into a threshing –sled, new, with double teeth; you shall thresh and crush the mountains, and turn the hills to chaff.
You shall winnow them and the wind will blow them away, the gale will scatter them.
But you yourself will rejoice in the Lord, and glory in the Holy One of Israel.
The poor and the needy ask for water, and there is none, their tongue is parched with thirst.
I the Lord, will answer them, I the God of Israel, will not abandon them.
I will make rivers well up on barren heights, and fountains in the midst of valleys; turn the wilderness into a lake, and dry ground into water spring.
In the wildness, I will put cedar trees, acacias, myrtles, olives.
In the desert I will plant juniper, plant trees and cypress side by side;
so that men may see and know, may all observe and understand that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.
3 December 2011