The seed was cracking and parched. But onward God’s covenant marched.
The faithfulness was His, in the midst of a people content with what is.
He poured forth discontent. Like a tidal wave that was sent,
That was meant to prepare where He went.
Drenching that which was dry, all of creation letting out a collective “sigh”
Relief and rescue was coming, and the voice of Jerusalem lifted high.
From “what is”, to “what will”, God was moving, IS moving still.
The world may seek to break and destroy, but they cannot kill.
And so this morning, we the sheep remember our Shepherd above
We are thankful and quenched by the gift of His love.
“A voice cries out:
‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’
A voice says, ‘Cry out!’
And I said, ‘What shall I cry?’
All people are grass,
their constancy is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
when the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades;
but the word of our God will stand for ever.
Get you up to a high mountain,
O Zion, herald of good tidings;
lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,
lift it up, do not fear;
say to the cities of Judah,
‘Here is your God!’
See, the Lord God comes with might,
and his arm rules for him;
his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.
He will feed his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms,
and carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead the mother sheep.”