Isaiah 43:14-45:10; Ephesians 3:1-21; Psalm 68:1-18; Proverbs 24:1-2
God speaks through the Prophet Isaiah to his wayward, off-pitched people (and to us):
“But now hear, O Jacob, my servant,
Israel whom I have chosen!
Thus says the Lord who made you,
who formed you from the womb
and will help you:
Fear not, O Jacob my servant,
for I will pour water on the thirsty land,
and streams on the dry ground;
I will put out my Spirit upon your offspring,
and my blessings on your descendents.
They shall spring up among the grass
like willows by flowing streams.
This one will say “I am the Lord’s,”
another will call on the name of Jacob,
and another will say, “I am the Lords.”
I hear your voice
its reedy tone,
the missed notes,
the uneven rhythm,
the faulty phrase.
The world may not turn its chair,
signal a “yes, I want you on my team,”
but I have turned my chair.
I will take your imperfections
and give you a new song to sing,
one of perfect harmony,
rhythm and grace.
My blood red chair
turns for you
to give you
forgiveness of all your sins,
and a hearty “yes, I want you
on Team Yahweh!
Together we will sing
and make a joyful noise!
Lord God, thank you for not turning your back to me, for turning around through the blood of your Son Jesus Christ, for giving me Your Voice through faith. Lord, I believe! May my life be the song you want me to sing to the glory and honor of your Holy Name! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
(and yes…I am a fan of The Voice.)