The Forsaken Shall Rejoice

This post concludes our short little study of Isaiah 62:1-5.  We have covered several topics included in this rich part of Scripture:  being a “burning torch”, bearing a “new name”, being a “crown of beauty”, delighting in His promise, and finally — rejoicing in Him.

Verse five concludes this passage with a continuation of the previous thought; that God delights in us, and that we are “married” to Him.

“For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.”  (Is. 62:5)

This is my favorite verse in the entire passage.  My last post talked about feeling forsaken, alone, or desolate.  These can be very real feelings or times that we go through.  But the wonderful, beautiful truth is that when we trust Him to bring us out of the darkness, we are free to rejoice.  We are free to be glad!  Free to laugh, be joyful, and enjoy our life to the fullest even though it’s not perfect!

Our God rejoices over us.  He rejoices when we trust Him, when we take the time to talk to Him and love Him, think of Him, and obey Him.  In turn we rejoice in Him with renewed fervor, because our hearts are in tune to His. 

In the end, it all comes down to this.  You can be a burning torch, but unless you have His joy, you will flame out.  You can bear a new name — Forgiven —  but unless you continue to rejoice in Him, you will live in your former ways all over again.   You can try to be crown of beauty, but beauty is a radiance of the soul, not the face.   You can live forsaken — or you can rejoice in Him. 

I choose to Rejoice!

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2 Responses

  1. “You can be a burning torch, but unless you have His joy, you will flame out”

    Amen, Phylicia. May God grant us to be strengthened in His joy. God bless.

  2. I have been meditating on rejoice for some time… this was an excellent addition to my study! I had been focusing on my part to rejoice and not on God’s part!
    Thanks for posting this!

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