Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Isaiah 42:10-13 NLT

[10] Sing a new song to the LORD! Sing his praises from the ends of the earth! Sing, all you who sail the seas, all you who live in distant coastlands.

[11] Join in the chorus, you desert towns; let the villages of Kedar rejoice! Let the people of Sela sing for joy; shout praises from the mountaintops!

[12] Let the whole world glorify the LORD; let it sing his praise.

[13] The LORD will march forth like a mighty hero; he will come out like a warrior, full of fury. He will shout his battle cry and crush all his enemies.

Reflection . . .

Isaiah’s call to the people of God to rejoice and give praise to the Lord for what He would do is a call to us as well — to give praise to the Lord for the coming of Jesus Christ and for what He will do!

Verse 13 talks about the Lord marching forth like a mighty hero, a warrior. This does seem confusing to us as the Lord was proclaiming a victory and crushing of a spiritual enemy ultimately in Jesus Christ over sin and death. We can understand why the expectation and anticipation of the people of God was for a warrior and an establishment of a physical/earthly kingdom to rescue them from the tyranny of their oppressors.

Jesus is our hero, He is our King, our mighty warrior! Let’s give thanks and praise to Him this Advent season, not only as the One who came, was born and dwelt among us, but as the one who is victorious over sin and death, and desires that we experience His victory in all aspects of our lives.