1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,because the LORD has
anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.He has sent me to bind up
the brokenhearted,to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from
darkness for the prisoners,2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and
the day of vengeance of our God,to comfort all who mourn,3 and provide
for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,the oil of joy instead of mourning,and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.4 They will rebuild
the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated;they will renew
the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.5 Strangers will
shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
6 And you will be called priests of the LORD, you will be named ministers
of our God.You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you
will boast.7 Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy
will be yours.8 “For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
In my faithfulness I will reward my people and make an everlasting
covenant with them.9 Their descendants will be known among the nations
and their offspring among the peoples.All who see them will acknowledge
that they are a people the LORD has blessed.”10 I delight greatly in the
LORD; my soul rejoices in my God.For he has clothed me with garments
of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself
with her jewels.11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden
causes seeds to grow,so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and
praise spring up before all nations.
1. Silence – Read/Listen – Meditate – Pray – Contemplate
2. What words or phrases stand out to you? How do you feel about
being called a priest? What would it mean for you to live like a
priest this week? Do you serve with “delight in the Lord” or with
joy in results or feelings of success? What’s the difference?
3. Ask God for guidance in how you serve. As you serve someone
today, be present to the reality that you are doing this with God’s
hand, under his power. This is his work and you get to be a part of
Prayer & Journaling: Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse
with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down
any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.