soliloquy on Jeremiah 31

Oh soul, what great things the Lord has done for you. 

Be glad – rejoice in His favor, His immeasurable kindness and mercy.  

He has redeemed you from hands that were too strong for you.

He has given you a new song – a shout of joy. 

He has promised to turn your mourning into dancing.  

He has poured a cup for you – it is overflowing as He pours grace upon grace; it fills and continues to fill so that you cannot keep up with it. 

Where are your signposts, oh my soul?

How will you remember what the Lord has done? 

Let your face shine with radiance, for the Lord has done great things and I am glad. 

Shine in radiance over the goodness of the God you serve. 

He has lavished grace upon you and has given you a new name. 

He has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light and you have a new identity; a purpose.  

Who is this great God that would clothe the fields with splendor and would reach down and crown you with favor?

Who is this great God who would seek to know you and grant you such kindness and mercy?

Oh soul, what great things the Lord has done for you!  

“For the Lord has ransomed Jacob and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him. They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion, and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord, over the grain, the wine, and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; their life shall be like a watered garden, and they shall languish no more.

Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry. I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.” Jeremiah 31:11-13

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