Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching. Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it: I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the Lord, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols. See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.
Food For Thought:
In this passage of Scripture, God’s faithful servant is praised. Think about the faithful servants you know. How have they gone out of their way to serve the Lord? What kind of activities have they been involved in? How have they dedicated their life to service?
From the beginning, O God, you formed the light that I might see; sky that I might look; earth and sea that I might seek and search. You formed creatures of every kind–swarming, flying, swimming, creeping–that I, O God, might find my place with them; that I, O God, might praise your making them. Open my eyes, too often closed; clear the sleep from my heart, too often settled; that I may seek the blessing of your presence, O God of my beginning, O God of my life. Amen.
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