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     So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but it will accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Isa. 55:11-12

Dear heavenly Father, glory-of-creation Scripture takes me back to my first trip to Switzerland. Stepping off a train in the village of Interlaken, I remember being “hammered” with the over-the-top majesty of three spectacular Alps—the Eiger, the Mönch, and the Jungfrau. I can still see, smell, feel the sensual overload of that day. Indeed, Father, the works of your hands declare your glory, loud and clear. How can I keep from singing your praise?

I increasingly long for the Day Isaiah saw from afar—the Day when the mountains will burst into song and trees will clap their hands—the Day when everything broken will become unbroken; when everything sad will come untrue; when all things old, will become all things new. The Day of wiped tears and the absence of mourning; no more death, just perfect health; no more hurt feelings and harmed hearts, just consummate relationships and perfect loving.

Father, this leads me to worship you for the Alps of the gospel—the mercy, grace and love you’ve lavished on us in Jesus. It’s because of Jesus’ finished work, that we, your redeemed people, will “go out in joy and be led forth into peace”, into the grace-saturated order of the new heaven and new earth. You have spoken, you have promised, and so shall it be! Your Word will accomplish everything you decree, and all of your delights.

So in light of that Day of singing mountains and clapping trees, we enter this day praying and singing, “Joy to the world, the Savior reigns! Let men their songs employ; while fields and floods; rocks, hills, and plains; repeat the sounding joy; repeat the sounding joy; repeat, repeat the sounding joy.”

Give us eyes to see, hearts to trust, and hands to engage with Jesus’ commitment to make all things new.  So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ matchless and merciful name.

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