2018-09-26 - The Glory of the Lord
Some days can feel gray even when the sun is shining. But even on those days, a song will fill my heart and remind me of what is and is to come. It proves to me that I can still have joy, even when I may not feel joyful. Yesterday, this song came to mind that I learned at an all-state choir gathering, a lifetime ago. Natalie Sleeth’s Joy in the Morning (Hope Publishing Co. ©1977). Joy in the morning, peace and contentment, love and forgiveness wrapped up in the bridge of the glory of the Lord bringing truth and restoration. As I read the thirty-fifth chapter of Isaiah, Natalie’s song arrangement came into my mind, resulting in humming the bridge. Then the verses came one by one, and suddenly I had not just read a chapter, but I felt the depth of the words and there was joy. Joy can seem to be an enigma in these feeble bodies (as Isaiah describes in verses three and five, particularly), yet when we allow God to seep in, a seed can begin to grow, transforming a gray day into one of color.
Each of us has a bridge God made, allowing him to cross into our hearts, should we agree to it. For some, it is music, art, science, sports, horticulture, zoology, mechanical applications, social interaction, palliative work of all sorts, writing, and more. We can enjoy passionate endeavors without God, yet there can be such richer colors to be seen, when allowing it to filter through the one who made us with that passion. And when we have inevitable days when we just do not know why we feel the color was stolen from us, God will paint it back in again. Yesterday, he did it with a song from my head to my heart.
“And the Glory, glory, glory of the Lord will shine, will shine. And the glory, glory, glory of the Lord will bring the truth divine.” (Joy in the Morning: Natalie Sleeth. © 1977. Hope Publishing.
All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted