Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem!
The LORD has taken away your punishment,
he has turned back your enemy.
The LORD, the King of Israel, is with you;
never again will you fear any harm.
On that day they will say to Jerusalem,
"Do not fear, O Zion;
do not let your hands hang limp.
The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing."
"The sorrows for the appointed feasts
I will remove from you;
they are a burden and a reproach to you.
At that time I will deal with all who oppressed you;
I will rescue the lame
and gather those who have been scattered.
I will give them praise and honor
in every land where they were put to shame.
At that time I will gather you;
at that time I will bring you home.
I will give you honor and praise
among all the peoples of the earth
when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes,"
says the LORD.
The God Who Is With Us is omnipotent and takes great delight in us. He is mighty to rescue us from the grasp of any and all strongholds and He quiets us with His infinite love.
Our Savior has come and will come again. He delivered us from the burden of the feasts required by the Law. How many times today has He turned back our enemy even without our awareness?
His rejoicing over us is reassurance of our redemption.
Let's not be frozen in fear; stuck in complacency; unmoved by our awesome God. Let not our hands hang limp -- but raised up in jubilant song.
Here is a simple equation:
"Says the Lord" = Good as Done!
In preparation for the coming Sabbath; let's rejoice that our Father sings over us with joy. Let's raise our hands, praising His Name.
As we delight in You, teach us, Lord, to rest in Your love. Accept my bride-song as worship as I wait for You to bring me home. Amen.