Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Based on Zephaniah 1:1-3:20, Psalm 147:1-6, Proverbs 30:18-19, Revelation 14:1-20.
We sing praises to You, GOD Most High, for You gather us, You heal us, You bind up our wounds, calling each of us nu name, which name is written on our foreheads, and the name You've written is "Mine."
Thanks to You, we are blessed who die, for we will rest from earthly labors and Live eternally in You. But woe to her who is rebellious and polluted, who has not obeyed Your voice or received correction, who has not trusted in You, LORD, nor drawn near to You, her GOD. Her priests pollute the sanctuary onto which You pour Your indignation with the fire of Your jealousy.
Thank You for Your Word Writ that consoles even at such a time as this. You assures us that those who are restored to You will call on You and serve You with one accord as a meek and humble people who trust in You as The Highest Power, the LORD of lords. So sing, O daughters of Zion! Shout and be glad and rejoice with all your heart, for the LORD is in Your midst! You shall see disaster no more! Yes, the LORD GOD is in your midst; He will rejoice over us with gladness; He ill quiet you with His love; He will rejoice over you with singing. He will deal with all who afflict us; He will save the lame; He will gather those who were drawn out; He will return the captives before your very eyes.
We know You will shake heaven and earth to restore those whose names are written in the Book of Life of the Lamb who was slain. You will gather us to take away our judgments and to cast out our enemy. The LORD our GOD is in our midst! The Mighty One will save! Therefore, we sing praises, giving glory to Him forever, His redeemed, who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. For in our mouths will be found no deceit, for we are without fault before the throne of GOD. They = us, Your Bride, Your Wife, Your people, Almighty GOD -- Your redeemed from all the earth. In You we have Eternal Life and will sing Your praises forever. It is pleasant, and praise is beautiful -- FORVER!
This photograph is by Eric Jonas Swensson of Sound Shore Media.