Read Isaiah 42.1-9

Here is my servant, whom I uphold,

                my chosen, in whom my soul delights;

I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.

He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street;

                a bruised reed he will not break,

                and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;

                                he will faithfully bring forth justice.

He will not grow faint or be crushed

                until he has established justice in the earth;

                and the coastlands wait for his teaching.

Thus says God, the LORD,           

                who created the heavens and stretched them out,

                who spread out the earth and what comes from it,

                who gives breath to the people upon it                 

                                and spirit to those who walk in it:

I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness,

                I have taken you by the hand and kept you;

                I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations,

                                to open the eyes that are blind,

                                to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,

                                from the prison those who sit in darkness.

I am the LORD, that is my name;

                my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols.

See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare;              before they spring forth, I tell you of them.

 

From Rev. Donald Snyder, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Beckley

Yesterday’s shouts of “Hallelujah” will quickly change. Jesus will be challenged by and respond to a series of questions seeking to trip Him. Betrayal will be arranged, denials will be given, and doubts will ensue. Perhaps like at no other time during His ministry, Jesus’ “soul pangs for you, O God.” There are times in life when we feel God has abandoned, forsaken or ignored our plight.   The Psalmist’s prayer is a reminder, though, of our need for the life that only the living God can bestow, revive, and preserve. Yet, our hope in the Lord does not disappoint. In fact, that individual who has been awakened to or uplifted by the desire for God will genuinely fear losing God. Jesus will pray in Gethsemane for deliverance from the cup, and on the cross query about being forsaken, but in the end He will commend His soul to God in the confidence of who the Lord is.

 

O God, may we rejoice in your call to live a servant life in the world.

As you supply us with all we need,

may we offer the same blessings to others whom you send our way.

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