Our Souls’ Yearnings

Isaiah 26:7-13

7 The way of the righteous is level;
O Just One, you make smooth the path of the righteous.
8 In the path of your judgments,
O LORD, we wait for you;
your name and your renown
are the soul’s desire.
9 My soul yearns for you in the night,
my spirit within me earnestly seeks you.
For when your judgments are in the earth,
the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
10 If favor is shown to the wicked,
they do not learn righteousness;
in the land of uprightness they deal perversely
and do not see the majesty of the LORD.
11 O LORD, your hand is lifted up,
but they do not see it.
Let them see your zeal for your people, and be ashamed.
Let the fire for your adversaries consume them.
12 O LORD, you will ordain peace for us,
for indeed, all that we have done, you have done for us.
13 O LORD our God,
other lords besides you have ruled over us,
but we acknowledge your name alone.”  NRSV

May all of our souls yearn for the Lord, at night, during the day, at all times.  God’s “judgments” here are the ways of God, the same ways that Jesus taught and modeled. When we follow the pathway Jesus set before us, the “judgments” of God, we will “learn righteousness” and be granted God’s peace. May it be so!

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