The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;
the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;
it shall blossom abundantly
and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the Lord,
the majesty of our God.
Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who have an anxious heart,
“Be strong; fear not!
Behold, your God
will come with vengeance,
with the recompense of God.
He will come and save you.”
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
For waters break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;
the burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water;
in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down,
the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
And a highway shall be there,
and it shall be called the Way of Holiness;
the unclean shall not pass over it.
It shall belong to those who walk on the way;
even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.
No lion shall be there,
nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;
they shall not be found there,
but the redeemed shall walk there.
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain gladness and joy,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
The Way of Holiness is surrounded by waters, plants, and animals that reveal the glory of the LORD. All of creation shouts. Redemption has come and we, the people, sing with rejoicing. Healing and forgiveness make way for gladness and joy. The hard things of this world fade away, leaving sorrow and tears to be no more.
The LORD your God is in your midst,
a Mighty One Who will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness;
He will quiet you by His love;
He will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice,
and let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!” 1 Chronicles 16:31
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure. Psalm 16:9
Father God, I rejoice in Your Holy Name. I sing to You and worship only You as I continue to learn of Your ways. Your highway to holiness is the only way I want to be journey upon. Your Way is the Truth. May I walk steadfastly along that highway, remaining close to You, precious LORD. As I ponder these and other verses about rejoicing, my heart lightens. The heaviness of this world, all the heartaches and soul aches I see and hear about me seem to fade into the background as You stand strong and faithful beside me. You come before me and are my way. I follow You. May I be in Your will in this world, and may I be strong in You that my heart would not grow faint.
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:28-31
May I wait upon You and sing praises of joy to You, only to You. In the Strong Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.