"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: September 6

“And they shall call them The holy people, the redeemed of the Lord: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.” ~ Isaiah 62:12

New names over which to rejoice in this “green stone” verse. New names given to us if we have placed our faith in God’s Son, Jesus Christ.

“And they shall call them, The holy people …” Having to come to Christ as an adult, I [Eugenia Price, the author] still gasp at the thought that I could be called one of “the holy people.” And yet, I answer to that name without self-consciousness, because at last I have come to see that no one could ever be called one of God’s “holy people” if Jesus Christ had not redeemed him.

The facets in this “green stone” are formed in a very orderly way. First we see that “they shall call them The holy people.” And then, we see that “They shall call them The holy people” only because they are “The redeemed of the Lord.”

The Holy Spirit heaps joy upon joy here in this “green stone” when He goes on to tell us through Isaiah that we shall also be called “Sought out.” Who hasn’t at least for some period in his life, felt unwanted? Perhaps you feel unwanted right now. But you’re not unwanted. God wants you. He has redeemed you and now He has given you the comforting, spirit-raising name of “Sought out.” Sought out personally by God Himself. Not only are we called “sought out,” but heaping on almost too much gladness, we are told by the Holy Spirit that we are also called “A city not forsaken.” What a lovely name. “A city not forsaken.” A holy people, redeemed by God Himself. Then “sought out” and forever “not forsaken” by the God who knew He would have to “put a new song” in our hearts so that we would be able to express joy like this!

“Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.”

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