Day Four: Joyful, Joyful

Shout for joy, you heavens
rejoice, you earth;
burst into song, you mountains!
For the Lord comforts his people
and will have compassion on his afflicted ones. (Is 49.13)

How did Zion receive such wonderful news? Their response… “But Zion said, ‘The LORD has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me’” (v. 14). In other words, “Meh… whatever…” (JIV translation – Jason’s Intergalactic Version). It’s mindboggling how apathetic we can be at times, even when God comes to us with such amazing news of comfort, deliverance, healing, salvation. Our hearts are dead and we just don’t care. People try to convince us that we should be encouraged, but our emotions are like dead weight that can’t be budged. Time passes by without mercy as we wallow in our lethargy, listlessness and despondency.

“Perhaps my own (our own?) habitual torpor might be healed this season; perhaps, at the appearance of the Word and with the faithful assistance of those who love us, this nagging sense of futility and of powerlessness might be replaced with the faith to rise up, the strength to lift our beds, the willingness to walk. And perhaps Isaiah’s words propose as well that the barren desert of human generation will also bloom, and bring to lush fullness the desiccated hearts of humankind. Let us pray that, thereafter, we may become fonts of his love and mercy, that we too may become wells of living water, refreshing those around us…” (S. Cairns, in God With Us)

Sing, pray and rejoice! (click here)