[CF Devotionals] 2018-09-26 - The Glory of the Lord

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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.

  1. The desert and the parched land will be glad;
      the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
     Like the crocus,
  2. it will burst into bloom;
      it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
     The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
      the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
     they will see the glory of the Lord,
      the splendor of our God.

  3. Strengthen the feeble hands,
      steady the knees that give way;
  4. say to those with fearful hearts,
      “Be strong, do not fear;
     your God will come,
      he will come with vengeance;
     with divine retribution
      he will come to save you.”

  5. Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
      and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
  6. Then will the lame leap like a deer,
      and the mute tongue shout for joy.
     Water will gush forth in the wilderness
      and streams in the desert.
  7. The burning sand will become a pool,
      the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
     In the haunts where jackals once lay,
      grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.

  8. And a highway will be there;
      it will be called the Way of Holiness;
      it will be for those who walk on that Way.
     The unclean will not journey on it;
      wicked fools will not go about on it.
  9. No lion will be there,
      nor any ravenous beast;
      they will not be found there.
     But only the redeemed will walk there,
  10. and those the Lord has rescued will return.
     They will enter Zion with singing;
      everlasting joy will crown their heads.

    Gladness and joy will overtake them,
     and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

(Isaiah 35:1-10 NIV)

“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.

Deborah Durrett

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All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted