KODIAK — Isaiah 42:10-11a (NIV): “Sing to the Lord a new song, sing His praise from the end of the earth! You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and those who dwell on them. Let the wilderness and its cities lift up their voices.”
Often times for me, as I read Scripture, my mind associates or links another verse or passage creating a clearer picture of understanding. As I continue to read on, I realize I have put together a tapestry of thought.
Like the threads that make a tapestry, the working side looks like chaos. Each thread is clearly seen, but they’re seemly just random knots and tangles individually joining with the others. Admittingly the working side of a tapestry is ugly and makes little or no sense until … you see the other side, then WOW!
The picture is complete and each line is in place, the beauty, the creativity, is awesome and inspiring. For us, in the hands of our Lord, when our Tapestry of Life is complete.
Allow me to share a short version of my tapestry of thought that stems from our opening verse of Isaiah 42. Basically, for me it is to acknowledge God, to sing my song of praise regardless of my circumstances, for I know the threads of my tapestry must be completed.
Quickened to my mind is Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Following the next string is Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
The common teaching behind that verse is: God is near, God cares for you, knowing this truth is to bring comfort to the Believer. This string of thought brings me to Psalm 116:1-2 “I love the Lord, for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned His ear to me. I will call on Him as long as I live.”
Allow me to use the term “anchoring stitches” for these closing verses.
Isaiah 55:8, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts neither are your ways my ways declares the Lord.”
The idea being that if we worship God and we proclaim Christ as Lord, Savior, and Redeemer then we must trust that God loves, cares and is near to and for us.
Matthew 25:21, “His master replied, ‘Well done good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness.’”
God is faithful – sing a new song, my friend: The Song of the Redeemed.