SOAP 11/11/16

Isaiah 62:1-5 (MSG)

1-5 Regarding Zion, I can’t keep my mouth shut,
    regarding Jerusalem, I can’t hold my tongue,
Until her righteousness blazes down like the sun
    and her salvation flames up like a torch.
Foreign countries will see your righteousness,
    and world leaders your glory.
You’ll get a brand-new name
    straight from the mouth of God.
You’ll be a stunning crown in the palm of God’s hand,
    a jeweled gold cup held high in the hand of your God.
No more will anyone call you Rejected,
    and your country will no more be called Ruined.
You’ll be called Hephzibah (My Delight),
    and your land Beulah (Married),
Because God delights in you
    and your land will be like a wedding celebration.
For as a young man marries his virgin bride,
    so your builder marries you,
And as a bridegroom is happy in his bride,
    so your God is happy with you.

Scripture: Isaiah 62:1-5 MSG

Observation: The book of Isaiah is my favorite book in the Bible. And this scripture is one that has touched my heart many times. For much of my life the word REJECTED was something I identified with. I had my fair share of rejection, bullying, infidelity, anxiety, loneliness, etc and therefore this word was how I felt. I felt rejected. I didn’t feel like anyone truly cared for me. And yet in this verse, the prophet reminds me and you, that we are no longer called rejected or ruined. Instead our new identity, our new words are DELIGHT and MARRIED because God Himself is delighted in you. He is married to you. The very word delight means to be greatly pleased in. God is greatly pleased in me. God is greatly pleased in you. The definition of marry is to unite in close and permanent relation. That’s cool! God isn’t some guy who is grumbling and disappointed looking down at you. He is happy to be united with you forever, no matter what has happened to you, or how you feel about yourself.

Application: Every time I feel rejected, I can call upon this scripture by the power of…Google. LOL. Or the Bible app. And know that I am accepted and cherished.

Prayer: God, you are so cool. I like how no matter what has happened to us or what we have thought about ourselves that Your acceptance and pleasure in who we are is enough to wash away any pain or negative label life has put on us. You are a good, good Father. Amen.

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