Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth;
burst into song, you mountains!
(Even nature itself responds with exultation
to the unveiling of the salvation of the Lord,
to the release of His people from their Babylonian captivity,
even those in high places, all will rejoice in the Savior's work.)
For the Lord comforts His people
and will have compassion on His afflicted ones.
(The Lord fervently and ardently reaches out in comfort
to His those He has called and to whom He has extended His salvation –
that’s you and me!
He knows the afflictions in our lives, and He has compassion for us.
You are the apple of His eye, and He yearns to lavish His consolation on you
and to give you reassurance to let you know
that He is in absolute control of everything that concerns you.
He pours out His comfort and encouragement and support to those who are hurting.
He knows our difficulties, sees the pain of our situations,
and extends great mercy and compassion to us in our state of need.
Even in our exile, even in our captivity,
His care and kindness guide His relationship with us.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ's love,
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