For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. (Isaiah 55:12-13)
Today's Morsel: I always like watching people clap in church. Most caucasians clap on the one-three beat and most blacks and Hispanics clap on the two-four beat. I also like to watch children in the congregation from the pulpit. They try to keep up with the ministry when they clap. I was observing one child once and he was so confused. His pastor was white and the visiting minister was black. The pastor was clapping on the one-three and the guest minister was clapping on the two-four and so after a while, the kid just through his hands up in the air and quit. As if to say, you guys need to make up your mind. (humor).
Isaiah said that all of the trees of the field shall clap their hands. David said, "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper" (Psalms 1:1-3). Jeremiah said, "Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit" (Jeremiah 17:7-8). And when Jesus took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. And he looked up, and said, "I see men as trees, walking" (Mark 8:23-24). Because the tree which is planted by the water is strong, alive and fruitful, we who are rooted and grounded in Christ should be the same. When Isaiah said that the trees of the field shall clap their hands, he wasn't talking about a natural tree, he's talking about a spiritual tree, you.
Sing: When the Spirit of the Lord moves upon my heart, I will clap, like David, clap. (2x).
I will clap, I will clap, I will clap, like David, clap. I will clap, I will clap, I will clap like David, clap.