Isaiah 12:2-6 (NRSV)
Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid,
the Lord GOD is my strength and my might;
he has become my salvation.
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say
in that day:
Give thanks to the LORD,
call on his name;
his deeds among the nations;
proclaim that his name is exalted.
praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously;
let this be known in all
Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion,
for great in your
midst is the Holy One of Israel.
I have the best Daddy in the world! All of my life I have known that he loves me and takes pride in my accomplishments. I have never had to wonder if someone has my back, because I have always known that when push comes to shove, Daddy is always there.
You can't tell my father that I'm not the greatest thing since sliced bread. I seem to recall that at my very first band concert, my father stood up in the middle of the concert to shout, "THAT'S MY GIRL!! RIGHT THERE! THAT'S MY DAUGHTER!!"
My secret is that I'm just as proud of my Daddy, as he is of me. He's always been the cool dad. All my friends adore him and you can talk to him about anything without fear of judgment, or condemnation.
However, as great as my Daddy is, there is one greater!
Our GOD is the greatest! The strongest! The mightiest! The most glorious! Our God is the most able! The most creative! The most talented! The most awesome one! Our God is our salvation! Our help! Our waymaker! Our friend!
We could go on and on about our God, however, the psalmist said it well, "Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known his deeds among the nations; proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth. Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel."
My Daddy loves to brag on me and I love to brag on him. But, I love to brag on my God, my Jesus, my Savior, even more...
During this advent season, are you bragging on God? Are you proclaiming the good news message? Are you boldly sharing your testimony with others?
There is somebody who needs to know that God is Love! God is Good! And God has never--and will never--fail!
Who will share your TEST-imony with today, dear ones? Someone is waiting...
O God, it is my good pleasure to brag on you. Help me to share your story (my story, our story) with someone who needs to hear it today. In Jesus' Name, Amen.