Our hope is that God will not give up until He has done all He promised, until He has finished us. We might despair at our own ability to change. Look to God’s ability to change you, to transform you into the image of Jesus.
Names are important. And so to are _changes_ of name.
“Forsaken” to “My Delight Is In Her”.
“Desolate” to “Married”.
The changes of name here reflect the changes in standing, in blessing, in reality that the Lord has effected for His people in Jesus.
Too, in God’s wonderful creativity, the names themselves hold meaning.
His delight is in us!
We the church are the bride, to be joined in marriage with the Son!
And further down in this passage, we are “The Holy People” – holiness is so important.
We are “The Redeemed of the LORD” – In Jesus, redemption is found! Redemption from sin!
And we are “Sought Out” – The Good Shepherd, He leaves the 99 to go and find the one lost sheep. We were all lost, broken, blind, dead. He sought us out.
We are also “A City Not Forsaken”.
What an indication of God’s love this is, that He does not leave us or forsake us – We are not left alone!
* Holy God,
Mighty are Your deeds, and marvellous is Your name.
Your glory shines on us, and we are to reflect it.
Mark us Lord God as a people who live for You, a people not forsaken, a church redeemed, a bride being prepared for her wedding day.
Please show us today what You want us to know from this Your word.