Isaiah 40:9-11 (NIV)
You who bring good news to Zion,
go up on a high mountain…
say to the towns of Judah,
“Here is your God!”
See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power,
and he rules with a mighty arm.
See, his reward is with him,
and his recompense accompanies him.
He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.
“Isaiah calls all who cherish this hope… in verse 9, “Get way up on a conspicuous location, turn up the volume, don’t let your fears keep you silent, and draw attention to God. Say to everyone around, ‘Look! It’s your God!’”
“He comes. He brings his presence. And his presence is our joy. This is a simple message to spread around. He is a conquering king. He is a wealthy benefactor. He is a tender shepherd. This is Jesus. What more could you hope for?”
“Spreading this glad expectation to others is the best way to amplify our own joy in it…. God’s purpose is not only that you and I enjoy the comfort of the gospel, but that we increase our enjoyment of it by spreading that joy to others, all to the glory of God.” [Ortlund, Raymond C, Jr. Isaiah: God Saves Sinners. p. 238-239]
Let’s pray: Lord, thank you that you are our king and our shepherd. Fill, lead, and shepherd your church today to spread the comfort and joy of the gospel to others.