Thursday, April 18, 2013

Isaiah 42:5-16 - Sing to the Lord!

Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread forth the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it: "I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the LORD, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to graven images. Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them."

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 cities lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar inhabits; let the inhabitants of Sela sing for joy, let them shout from the top of the mountains. Let them give glory to the LORD, and declare his praise in the coastlands. The LORD goes forth like a mighty man, like a man of war 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 travail, 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. And I will lead the blind in a way that they know not, in paths that 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.

Singing at church
Praising the Lord!
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The Lord, who has made all of the universe and maintains His creation, breathing life into all creatures, include me, has declared that He has called me in righteousness be a light to others and by revealing Christ, to open the eyes of those who are blind.  It is a high calling and can only come about if I remain in Christ.

I am called to sing a new song to the Lord, to let His praise be in my mouth so that all can hear! Do I sing to the Lord all day long? Are the words of the Psalms on my lips or the Hymns of the Church in my heart? May I always looks for opportunities to sing to the Lord! May I always sing to the Lord and commune with Him daily.Amen.

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