Daily Devotion – January 12, 2019

Isaiah 62:1-5

For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.

 

The Lord will not keep silent or rest satisfied until the blessings promised to Jerusalem are realized. Then the Gentiles will see Zion vindicated, and Jehovah will give a new name to the city. He will handle Zion admiringly as a king handles his crown. The city called “Forsaken” will henceforth be called Hephzibah, “My delight is in her”, and the land named Desolate, will be renamed Beulah, which means married.. These names tell of God’s tender affection and marital delight in His city and land. Jerusalem’s citizens will be wedded to her, and the Lord will rejoice over Zion like a bridegroom.

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