Our scripture this morning is Isaiah 42:10-18.
Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the end of the earth! Let the sea roar and all that fills it, the coastlands and their inhabitants. Let the desert and its towns lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar inhabits; let the inhabitants of Sela sing for joy, let them shout from the tops of the mountains. Let them give glory to the Lord, and declare his praise in the coastlands. The Lord goes forth like a soldier, like a warrior he stirs up his fury; he cries out, he shouts aloud, he shows himself mighty against his foes. For a long time I have held my peace, I have kept still and restrained myself; now I will cry out like a woman in labor, I will gasp and pant. I will lay waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbage; I will turn the rivers into islands, and dry up the pools. I will lead the blind by a road they do not know, by paths they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I will do, and I will not forsake them. They shall be turned back and utterly put to shame— those who trust in carved images, who say to cast images, “You are our gods.” Listen, you that are deaf; and you that are blind, look up and see!
There are passages like this one from Isaiah that sound very much like Psalms. It is a song of praise to the Lord, but also a warning regarding our belief in Him. God gives His promise to the faithful, declaring “I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground” (v. 16).
God tells us He will lead us through the difficult times we face because He loves us. His care for us is constant, even when our faith wavers. If we trust in His goodness and power, nothing can harm our souls.
The hymn A Mighty Fortress is our God tells us “the body they may kill, God’s truth abideth still”. God’s plan is unaffected by our failure, just as when evil people tried to stop it by crucifying Jesus. When we turn to Him in faith, with a “new song” as Isaiah writes, our salvation is assured and we can rejoice in life everlasting.
Heavenly Father, we are sorry for the times we have fallen away. Thank You for Your forgiveness and may we go in Your name to share Your love with everyone. Amen.