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July 17th - Return of the Ransomed

Return of the Ransomed

(Isaiah 48:16-22; 49:1-26; 50:1-11)

Singing into Zion

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I love the promise contained in the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah. How the Lord’s people must have eagerly awaiting His coming.

Isaiah spoke of the release of the captives and their triumphant return into Zion, the City of the Lord. Although Isaiah’s prophecy was fulfilled historically, these lines will ring true again in the fulfillment of God’s time. When the Lord calls His people to the New Jerusalem, will we not echo the victorious song of the children of Israel?

How blessed are we, that He has already come and that He has promised to come again. May we anticipate His arrival with great joy. May God prepare us for His advent. May we greet the Lord with great gladness, filled with the faith that comes from Him. May He be the focus of our attention and devotion.

The ransomed of the Lord will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

(Isaiah 51:11, NIV)

Here’s a poem the Lord gave to me today. May God bless you, as He guides you today and always.

Returning in Joy

I wonder why our lifelines lie,

As we seek absent alibi.

We need not glance

At second chance,

For victory is nearly nigh.

In gladness greatest, may we find

Our sorrows lost, our hearts refined.

He calls us out

From shame and doubt

To crown us with His perfect mind.

No planning may we purpose past

Jehovah’s purpose – it will last.

May we rejoice

To hear His voice

And find our faith holds ever fast.

Will you pray with me?

Great God,

You have promised

That Your victory is already won.

All Your words are ever true.

Grant us Your joy,

As we seek Your promises


May we hold Your banner

of love and truth

ever higher.


Posted for a variety of prompts:

Easy Street Prompts (“lifelines”)

Heads or Tails (“where” or “wear”)

Totally Optional Prompts (“spontaneity” or “planning”)

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