Thursday, December 3, 2009

Praise Him, O Peculiar Ones!

Isaiah 53

1Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

2For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

3He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

5But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

7He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

8He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

9And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

10Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

11He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

12Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Oh, my Lord Jesus! The delight of my spirit. Alleluia! Alleluia!

The above verse "he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him." was in my mind and I went to Biblegateway to find it exactly and talk about how I am beginning to realize that if I am to follow my Lord, I need not concern myself with gaining outward comeliness or beauty that people should desire my companionship or friendship (though I'm not saying I should purposely make myself appear homely). How I've realized those God wishes me to attract should be attracted by the light I reflect of His glory, not my own. But when I went to Biblegateway to read this verse, I had to publish the entire chapter! To read this fills my heart with love for Him to whom my soul sings!

I repel some people. I know this. I've always been this way. I'm extraordinarily peculiar. :) But God has called and chosen to Himself a 'peculiar people' and my citizenship is in the kingdom. To assimilate myself into the masses of the world, to act as if there is no separation between me and them, is to grief my King, to act as though it shames me, or that I am shameful for Him to choose. But he chose me, not the comeliness of the world. He chose me with all my peculiarities. Oh, I am far, far, far, far, far from perfect. But I also know acknowledging that is the best and only way to fix it. I fall on my face before my perfect, loving Lord who died for my transgressions and He will, and has been for a while, change me as is shown in 2 Corinthians 3:18 "And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect[a] the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.", reflecting His Light like a mirror, His Light that changes everything it touches.

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