The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God. Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes. And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (Isaiah 35:1-10)
Today's Morsel: To be redeemed is to be bought back. Jesus was willing to redeem us knowing that many would still deny Him and reject Him. I once went to a livestock auction and I watched as auctioneers sold herd after herd of livestock to men who had no idea if those animals would live or die. But they put their faith in those animals to reproduce and make more of their kind. In so many ways, this is what Jesus did for us. He was willing to redeem us, putting trust in us that we would do what is right. Even with His disciples, He was willing to take them and train them. Some stayed with Him and turned their world upside down, while others rejected Him and walked away. But even the backslider in heart are starting to make their way home today. So let me encourage you, if you have a loved one not serving God, don't give up, keep praying because the redeemed of the Lord shall return to the church with singing. The price for their redemption has been paid.
Sing: Therefore, the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion, and every lasting joy shall be upon their head. They shall obtain, gladness and joy, and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
Therefore, the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion, and every lasting joy shall be upon their head.