Day 132.

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch. The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you. (Isaiah 62:1-5 ESV)

Even though Israel’s wickedness is great and exile is coming (which was fulfilled in Christ), God will work His salvation for His people with great zeal. The imagery used here paints a picture of God as determined and intimate with us, as He purposes our future relationship with Him. Is this not an amazing picture of God? He invites us to see how we are not only the object of His work, but the object of His love, His passion, His zeal. Perhaps you remember having that kind of excited, driven pursuit of a girl or a guy, or being the object of that pursuit by another. This gives us a hint of the joy it is to be the heart of God’s zeal.

Lord, wow! I don’t know what else to pray. You are my joy.

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