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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Today’s Reading | Isaiah 52:7–10

How beautiful upon the mountains
     are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,
who brings good news,
     who announces salvation,
     who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices,
      together they sing for joy;
for in plain sight they see
     the return of the Lord to Zion.
Break forth together into singing,
     you ruins of Jerusalem;
for the Lord has comforted his people,
     he has redeemed Jerusalem.
The Lord has bared his holy arm
     before the eyes of all the nations;
and all the ends of the earth shall see
     the salvation of our God. (NRSV)


Reflection

I remember years ago singing “Our God Reigns” at small group gatherings in homes, church basements, and sanctuaries. Accompanied by guitar, we’d sing gospel songs based on verses like this from the Bible. These pieces of scripture were uplifting and ran through my head as a backdrop to whatever was happening at the moment. There was comfort knowing that “my God reigns.”

Those who came across the mountains proclaiming peace, good tidings, and salvation said to Zion, “Your God reigns.” The Israelites of Isaiah’s time had their share of trouble, as do we in our times. We are not in captivity by outside rulers, but we suffer an oppression of fear—fear about safety, fear about finances, fear about climate change, fear about warfare in our world. It can be difficult to remember that we have so much to be thankful for and that even through adversity “our God reigns.”

This is the preaching of the gospel. This is a proclamation of peace and salvation. It is good news, glad tidings of victory over spiritual enemies and liberty from our spiritual bondage.


Prayer

During this season of Advent, Lord, help me proclaim the gospel message of peace and salvation. Amen.


Written by Roger Wilson, member of Fourth Presbyterian Church


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