Then it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise, and an honor before all nations of the earth, who shall hear all the good that I do to them; they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and all the prosperity that I provide for it.’ “Thus says the Lord: ‘Again there shall be heard in this place–of which you say, “It is desolate, without man and without beast”–in the cities of Judah, in the streets of Jerusalem that are desolate, without man and without inhabitant and without beast, the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who will say: “Praise the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good, for His mercy endures forever”– and of those who will bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord. For I will cause the captives of the land to return as at the first,’ says the Lord. “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘In this place which is desolate, without man and without beast, and in all its cities, there shall again be a dwelling place of shepherds causing their flocks to lie down. In the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the lowland, in the cities of the South, in the land of Benjamin, in the places around Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, the flocks shall again pass under the hands of him who counts them,’ says the Lord. ‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah: ‘In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to David a Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell safely. And this is the name by which she will be called: The Lord Our Righteousness. (Jeremiah 33:9-16)
Worship The Lord Our Righteousness
The weeping prophet of Old Testament scrip remains shut up in prison for his preaching the message of the Lord. Jeremiah’s life is one of turmoil and sadness. He seeks to bring the people back to serving Jehovah but instead they rush headlong into their doom. A dark cloud covers the nation as the northern tribes have been decimated and the Chaldeans threaten the remaining children of Abraham. Jeremiah strongly warns the people of God’s judgment and wrath upon their wickedness. His tones are clear and filled with the fury of the Lord’s displeasure at their rejection of His word. Intermixed with the severity of God’s message is found the love of God for His people.
It is remarkable to read the prophets and see not only the message of judgment upon the people for their sin but to see how much God loves His people. To understand the character of our loving Father we have but to spend time with the prophets. He promises to cleanse the people of their iniquities pardoning them for all they have done. In the cleansing power of God’s love the world will see how great the Lord is to restore joy, praise and honor to His name. The Lord is not vengeful forever. There will come a time that voices will be lifted up in joy and gladness. The voice of the bridegroom and the bride will praise the Lord of Hosts proclaiming His mercy and goodness. Forgiveness. What a joyful sound.
Paul reminds us what was written before was placed upon the hearts of men to see God’s love. How often have we rebelled against the Lord? Can we count the times that sin has gained the victory in our lives? There is nothing we can do to save ourselves and we stand judged before the great I AM with nothing to bring. We do not deserve His mercy. We do not deserve His grace. We do not deserve His love. Yet He gives it to us time and time again. When we bring the sacrifice of praise to the house of the Lord HE FORGIVES US. Why? Because He loves us.
Today is a day of worship. We gather with those of like precious faith to worship. In our songs today think of God’s love. In our prayers today acknowledge the grace of the Lord. Listen to the joy of God’s word as the message of hope fills our hearts. We do not deserve to receive what the Lord will give us today; but He loves us so much He is willing to restore joy to our lives. When we worship the Lord today remember that His name is: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Love is the gentle, tranquil, satisfied acquiescence and adherence of the soul in the contemplation of God … delight in Him because He is God, and because His commandments are good. (John Henry Newman, Parochial and Plain Sermons, IV, 1843)