"Zion, herald of good news,
go up on a high mountain.
Jerusalem, herald of good news,
raise your voice loudly.
Raise it, do not be afraid!
Say to the cities of Judah,
'Here is your God!'
The LORD God comes with strength,
and His power establishes His rule.
His reward is with Him,
and His gifts accompany Him.
He protects His flock like a shepherd;
He gathers the lambs in His arms
and carries them in the fold of His garment.
He gently leads those that are nursing."
~~ Isaiah 40:9-11, HCSB ~~
Yesterday, I didn't take as much time to let the words soak in. Today I want to do more of that before blogging my thoughts. But I did want to share today's passage. I'm going to read it again before bed tonight and do some journaling. Will add some of those resulting thoughts tomorrow. =)
For now... let me leave you with lyrics from a hymn that this passage reminded me of:
"Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us"
Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need Thy tender care; in Thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use Thy folds prepare: blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Thou has bought us, Thine we are; blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Thou has bought us, Thine we are.
We are Thine; do Thou befriend us, be the guardian of our way; keep Thy flock, from sin defend us, seek us when we go astray: Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, hear, O hear us when we ptray; blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, hear, O hear us when we pray.
Thou hast promised to receive us, poor and sinful though we be; Thou hast mercy to relieve us, grace to cleanse, and pow'r to free: blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, early let us turn to Thee; blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, early let us turn to Thee.
Early let us seek Thy favor, early let us do Thy will; blessed Lord and only Savior, with Thy love our beings fill: blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Thou hast loved us, love us still; blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Thou hast loved us, love us still.
Words by Dorothy A. Thrupp (1779–1847). Published in Hymns for the Young, 1836.