My Life - A Place of Joy
Tuesday, June 4 2019
As we read and study Isaiah 35, we are looking at the five marks that ought to characterize the life of a person who is submitted and yielded to the kingship of King Jesus. We have seen the first mark: My Life Will Become a Place of Beauty and Song - we have seen the second mark: My Life Will Become a Place of Strength - we have seen the third mark: My Life Will Become a Place of Miracles - we have seen the fourth mark: My Life Will Become a Place of Holiness.
Today, we will look at the fifth mark: My Life Will Become a Place of Joy (v. 10).
“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.”
“And the ransomed of the Lord shall return…” From where? I ask. Just like the prodigal son, they will return from being far from the Father’s house - they will return from slavery and captivity - they will return from a life filled with rebellion and sin, from a life of scarcity and a hunger for God. Because when we are far from our heavenly Father’s house, that is what we experience: servitude and oppression, perversity and guilt, poverty and need. As much as we might look for abundance and plenty outside of God the Father’s house, we will never find them there. Only in “Zion”, representing the kingdom of God and our heavenly home (where we have partially arrived already and where one day we will fully arrive to live forever with our heavenly Father) will we ever find all that we seek to be complete and whole. We will return to our home where we are longed for and yearned after, where we are accepted and valued, loved and celebrated - where sadness and sighing flee - where gladness and everlasting joy reign.
Dear friend: how is your life today? Are you far from home, drowning in slavery to people and to things that oppress you and want to destroy you? Are you far from home, living in poverty and need? Are you far from home, drowning in a sea of loneliness, sorrow and afflictions of all kinds? Dear friend: if this is your life these days, go back home. Your Father in heaven is waiting for you with His arms and His heart wide open to receive you with love and grace.
Or, like the prodigal and redeemed son, have you already found your way back to your heavenly Father’s house - and there you have found acceptance, value, love and celebration? Psalm 16:11 says: “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” In God’s presence we find all that we desire, and all that we are looking for - grace and mercy, delight and happiness, rest and peace. Amen.
(Ideas taken from “Thirsting After God”, by Dr. Keith Price)
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