“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” vs. 10
The people of Judah didn’t have much when they came back to the Land of Promise…the years in exile had depleted their energy and resources…but they still had their faith, and believed wholeheartedly that God had delivered them! And for their prophet, that was worth a celebration! His words are an inspiration for us, and a reminder that what God has done in Jesus is worth all the Hallelujah choruses that we can muster. We’re so aware of the darkness in our world and sometimes despair can grip our hearts, but then comes Christmas with its message of hope and salvation. As by faith we cling to Jesus we receive assurance that each of us have been covered with the white robe of righteousness, and it’s all a gift. Even the dark legions of death are no match for the light that has dawned in Jesus. He has come to bind up the brokenhearted with promises of mercy and life and we are bound to exult in his promises. That doesn’t mean there will be no tears in this season of reflection…our losses make that impossible. But that needn’t stop our exultation. If anything the feelings of pain intensify the feelings of joy!
Thought for the Day: What do I have to celebrate this year?