Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem! For the Lord has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem.—Isaiah 52:9
Sometimes when we get upset, sad, or just in a bad mood, our faces tend to show it. A family member or friend—or even a complete stranger—may tell us to cheer up. When this happens to me, I usually smile in response (I try to be polite). But if you’re anything like me, you’re thinking they have a lot of nerve telling you to get happy! After all, they have no idea what’s making you frown.
The question is, why are you frowning? Are thoughts of your past clouding your mind and spirit? Whatever the reason, I have news for you. Jesus knows about it. Though sometimes it may take patience to see His hand, He knows, He hears, and He never fails. That’s His promise to us, and He has the authority to keep that promise. Isn’t that comforting?
The second half of the verse is past tense. It has already happened! God sent His beloved Son to die so that His promises to us may be fulfilled. He died in our place that we may have everlasting joy.
Don’t just pick up your head and smile; break forth into joy! Find someone who looks unhappy, and be the person who tells them to smile. Just don’t forget to tell them the good news of the gospel, what Christ did for all of us as sons and daughters of the Most High.
This verse was directed to us who worry, to those who are sad, who find themselves in low places—even to those who feel they are chief of all sinners. God has redeemed us all. All the more reason to break out into joy—and what better way to express our joy than by singing! Praise Him for He makes His promises come to pass. For His spirit dwells within us, giving us joy in the most precious of all seasons!