Verse 11 has often been turned into song. There are wonderful words of challenge here for acknowledging who God really is. Verse 17 introduces us to the cup that Christ drank in your stead and mine.
* Father God, please write Your word upon our hearts today, that we might not sin against You.
“And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”
These are wonderful words of hope!
God has ransomed His people from the clutches of sin, the devil and death.
Ransomed. Redeemed. Restored.
We are promised a new heavens and a new earth, one that God is building.
Just as He is building His church here on earth, He is building a place in glory.
Everlasting joy. Gladness and joy obtained. Sorrow and signing fleeing off into the distance.
We are reminded of Revelation 21,
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Isaiah recorded the same vision John was shown. One of our hope. Eternity writ large in big notes, an inheritance unlike anything the world can offer.
Be encouraged today! We have a King who conquered death so that we might be brought into new life.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!
* Heavenly Father,
We come to You today, please humble our hearts and break our foolish pride.
Please fix within us this clear hope of eternity, of glory, where we will dwell with You and You with us in all true fulfilment.