The God of Israel was, still is, and forever will be

On this cool spring morning, while praying for Israel, I played worship music recorded on the streets of Jerusalem by Christians and Messianic Jews. The lyrics from Isaiah 61 filled my room:

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;”

O Lord, Set the Captives Free

The Spirit of God tugged at my heart as tears streamed down my face. The somber music cast heartfelt pain onto these beautiful words of promise about the coming Lord Jesus, the reminder that He sets the captives free. O, Lord, set the hostages free …

The voices of the singers drifted over the hills of Jerusalem like a healing Balm of Gilead seeping through the broken places.

A mourning dove perched outside my window and cocked his head as if he were listening to the worship.

I glanced outside my window and there, illuminated by a sunbeam finding its way through the branches of the old apple tree, perched a mourning dove. He sat still, statuesque, on top of the shepherd’s hook holding my birdfeeder.

I watched, mesmerized, as I considered the Spirit of God and how He must grieve over what is happening to His people, Israel. On occasion, the dove would cock his head as if listening closer to the lyrics. His silvery feathers reflected the light of the new day. What are You saying to me, Lord? My heart is breaking for Your people.

The song continued.

God of Israel Hear Our Cry for Your People

To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

I listened intently and thought of the majesty of our God, how His splendor fills the morning sky with royal hues of purple and blue. His power knows no equal, His mercy knows no end. Great is His faithfulness to all generations!

The God of Angel Armies is with His people, Israel

From the voice of the prophet Isaiah, He reminded me that Christ has come to set His people free. He came to comfort all who mourn and to give them the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. The God who was still is, and evermore shall be. His authority and favor are over His beloved Jerusalem. The God of Angel Armies is with His people, Israel, defending, leading, and guarding them.

Our God Reigns

As the world, unknowingly, fulfills prophecy by turning their backs on Israel*, the Lord will remain victorious. His plans cannot and will not be thwarted. He led me to Isaiah 61:7,

“Instead of your shame you shall have double honor,
And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion.
Therefore in their land they shall possess double;
Everlasting joy shall be theirs.

Hallelujah! Our God reigns! He will not forsake His people but will race through the heavens to help them … and to help us as we face uncertain days. Behold! He is the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for Him?

Selah

*On that day I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock. All the nations will gather against it to try to move it, but they will only hurt themselves. ~ Zechariah 12:3

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