Read His Words Before Ours!
I’ve never felt so alone, so ashamed.
It’s like I can feel a sickness spreading through me, through everything around me
It’s dark, and terrifying, like nothing I’ve ever experienced; immeasurably different than all I’ve known before this moment.
This moment when I broke the heart of God and became separate from Him.
I feel the vacancy of His holiness and cold seeps in along with shame, fear, and regret.
I was lied to and anger kindled, another new emotion. The husband I’d only adored before, I suddenly want to push against and prove to him how wrong he is.
The world is breaking, even the colors around me are fading fast, as if creation itself is groaning for the loss of flawless holiness.
The Lord God is coming, I hear Him walking towards me and I know the His righteous justice must curse my sin. I deserve banishment.
The Lord is giving hope?
The serpent’s offspring and mine, there will be this ongoing dissension between us, but from my offspring, one day, Hope will rise and the head of this serpent will be crushed.
His lies will be defeated forever.
For this hope I will wait!
I’ve waited so long, Yahweh!
I was just a youth when You first made it known I would be your anointed king.
All those incredibly dark years as I ran for my life from Saul, so unsure of where You were leading…. I hang my head, admitting I even wondered if You were still leading me at all.
I felt so abandoned.
So many years, God.
None of the circumstances fit what You had told me when Samuel anointed me as King.
I lost my best friend, the nation seemed lost, Your promises appeared to have failed.
My feet sank, my heart sank, those were dark days.
And now, oh Lord God, the works You have done, the mighty intention of Your hand!
I stand here at the pinnacle of Your promise as the fullness of Israel comes under my hand! Abba, my heart trembles at Your goodness and my eyes flood.
You are so good!
Your faithful loves endures forever!
These words I sing, they are born of Your good Spirit, God. I praise You!
I praise You for who You are, for all You have done, for all You will do.
“I will give thanks to You, for You have answered me and become my Salvation!”
The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone!
I was rejected, Mighty God. Rejected by Saul, rejected by my own nation, but You alone are the Lord who takes the rejected and builds something new, something foundational!
Yet, I know my life is fleeting.
I can only rule so long before my hands become feeble and still.
This nation, this people.
Your people, Yahweh, we need an eternal Rescue.
Save us, Yahweh!
It is in You, I put my hope!
Micah 1, 5
It’s no secret people of great power hate me; I’m not the bearer of good news.
No one likes the prophet who prophesies doom, gloom, and destruction, especially when everything appears up and to the right.
I see the wealth of Judah, the way they rely on the work of their hands, and the way those same hands carve images for their knees to bow to.
The twisting agony of my heart in seeing my nation spurn and reject, as if spitting upon the Holy One, is matched only by my plea to Yahweh for their deliverance.
I literally wail at their putrid idolatry as they’ve turned away from You, the One God who has loved, protected, and shepherded them. Our wound is surely incurable, for You Lord are bringing Your right justice upon us. We will be desolated as a nation, defeated, and exiled.
And rightly so, our sin is vast beyond counting.
Oh, but Lord, have mercy on these, my people!
I’ve heard Your voice, Yahweh, You declare that Hope will come.
A deliverer from Bethlehem.
One who will restore us from captivity.
One who break the bonds of slavery.
One who will once again shepherd us in safety and strength by the Name of the Lord.
For this Hope I wait!
Concerning this salvation, the prophets,
who prophesied about the grace that would come to you,
searched and carefully investigated. (1 Peter 1:10)
For we did not follow cleverly contrived myths
when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ;
instead, we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. (2 Peter 1:16)
I have lived with Hope.
I have walked beside Him.
Hope is not an arbitrary, distant, abstract, cosmic, wishful thinking concept.
Hope is alive for eternity.
Hope is Jesus Christ, dead, resurrected, and sitting at the right hand of the throne of God!
Since God first spoke creation into existence, He designed for Hope to rescue us, to deliver us, to bring us back to Himself. This plan of redemption is woven into every strand of history, waiting for just the right time to be revealed.
It is time!
Revelation is here!
The mystery has been made known!
is the offspring of Eve who would crush Satan’s head, killing Death and Lies.
is the cornerstone, rejected by men, but now the foundation of Hope for eternity.
is the prophesied coming Messiah, the great Deliverer and mighty Rescuer.
was born in Bethlehem, born to die, born to rise, born to make us who had been “not a people”, His own people; to draw near those who “had not received mercy” that we as His people might “receive mercy.”
He is here and His message of hope is eternally trustworthy!
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