OYB December 7
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- 2009 Dec 07
6:1-2 "Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces; now he will heal us. He has injured us; now he will bandage our wounds. In just a short time he will restore us, so that we may live in his presence." Yeah, baby! The wounds will all seem worth it. Scarring is a necessary part of our redemption process and learning who God is. Even Jesus has scars.
6:3 Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring. Yes, let us PRESS ON to know Him. This is not a passive process. But surely He will respond. What joy when we have this kind of intimate interaction going on with our Creator!
7:13 I wanted to redeem them, but they have told lies about me. What is sad is how God's character has been maligned by lies for so long (by both Satan and even His own people). I wonder if He feels excited for the day when all eyes are opened to His true character.
Throughout this reading today, we see the judgment and captivity for Israel's unfaithfulness to God through idol worship.
1:4 I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth. AMEN!
126:1-6 When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, "What amazing things the Lord has done for them." Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy! Restore our fortunes, Lord, as streams renew the desert. Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest. This entire Psalm bears printing. I have planted in many tears, but I can't wait to sing as I return with a harvest! This is pure poetry in action. It makes me want to sing just reading it!