The Righteous Servant

Isaiah 53

Who has believed our message?
    To whom has the arm of Yahweh been revealed?
For he grew up before him as a tender plant,
    and as a root out of dry ground.
He has no good looks or majesty.
    When we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised,
    and rejected by men;
a man of suffering,
    and acquainted with disease.
He was despised as one from whom men hide their face;
    and we didn’t respect him.

Surely he has borne our sickness,
    and carried our suffering;
yet we considered him plagued,
    struck by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions.
    He was crushed for our iniquities.
The punishment that brought our peace was on him;
    and by his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray.
    Everyone has turned to his own way;
    and Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed,
    yet when he was afflicted he didn’t open his mouth.
As a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
    so he didn’t open his mouth.
He was taken away by oppression and judgment;
    and as for his generation,
    who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living
    and stricken for the disobedience of my people?
They made his grave with the wicked,
    and with a rich man in his death;
although he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it pleased Yahweh to bruise him.
    He has caused him to suffer.
When you make his soul an offering for sin,
    he will see his offspring.
He will prolong his days,
    and Yahweh’s pleasure will prosper in his hand.
11 After the suffering of his soul,
    he will see the light and be satisfied.
My righteous servant will justify many by the knowledge of himself;
    and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I give him a portion with the great,
    and he will divide the plunder with the strong;
because he poured out his soul to death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.

 

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Psalm 19 – A Meditation

 

Psalm 19

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
    It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
    like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens
    and makes its circuit to the other;
    nothing is deprived of its warmth.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
    giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
    giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
    enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
    and all of them are righteous.

10 They are more precious than gold,
    than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
    than honey from the honeycomb.
11 By them your servant is warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can discern their own errors?
    Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
    may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
    innocent of great transgression.

14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
    be pleasing in your sight,
    Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

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Through the Pain: A Lamentation

 

 

Through  the Pain: A Lamentation

For the sun is always shining in the rain

And the LORD is always guiding . . . through the pain

Why are you cast down, O my soul?

Hope in God.

For His anger lasts only a moment

But His favor lasts a lifetime.

Weeping may endure for a night

But joy comes in the  morning.

For the sun is always shining in the rain

And the LORD is always guiding . .. . through the pain

A Composition of Psalms 30:5 (NIV, NKJV) and Psalm 42:11 (NKJV)
“Through The Pain  – Written, produced and narrated by Cassandra. Scripture Credits: Psalms 30:5 (NIV and NKJV); 42:11 (NKJV)  Composer: “Universal”  Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Changes made.  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/. “Stormy Front Porch” Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1.0 License.  http://www.ambient-mixer.com”). Spiritfulness: The Practice of Biblical Meditation. Copyright © 2016 by Cassandra L. Wood. All rights reserved. Date of Composition: May 2016. Published on November 9, 2016

 

Psalm 1

 

Psalm 1

Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

Not so the wicked!
    They are like chaff
    that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

 
“Psalm 1”. Produced and narrated by Cassandra.  NIV: New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica   “http://www.biblica.com/”® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. Composer: “Water Prelude”  Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Changes made.  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/. Spiritfulness: Affirmations & Meditations on the Word of God.  Copyright © 2016 by Cassandra L. Wood. Date: October 2016

I Hear A Joyful Sound

Psalm 98: 1,  4, 6-9 (NKJV)

Oh, sing to the LORD a new song!

For He has done marvelous things. . .

Shout joyfully to the LORD,  all the earth;

Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.

Shout joyfully before the LORD, the King.

Let the sea roar, and all its fullness,

the world and those who dwell in it.

Let the rivers clap their hands;

let the hills be joyful together before the LORD,

for He is coming to judge the earth.

With righteousness He shall judge the world. . .

“I Hear a Joyful Sound”. Written, produced and narrated by Cassandra. https://spiritfulness.net/. Psalm 98 (selected verses). NKJV: Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Composer: “Inner Light” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Changes made.  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/. Spiritfulness Meditation Copyright © 2016 by Cassandra L. Wood. All rights reserved. Date: April 2016