I love diving in, digging deeper, opening up treasure in God’s Word. I have another pondering for you today.
In prayer the other morning, the Lord led me to a verse I had marked in my Bible some time ago. It blessed me again, so I thought I’d share it with you.
“You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness,
Who remembers You in Your ways.
You are indeed angry, for we have sinned —
In these ways we continue; and we need to be saved.”
(Is. 64:5 NKJV, bolded words mine)
I think my favorite version of this verse, and possible a more correct one, is the Hebrew Masoretic Text, “You meet him who rejoices and works righteousness; they recall You in Your ways. Behold, You were angry, for we sinned. In them is eternity and we shall be saved.”
Let’s look at the definitions.
In Hebrew, meet actually has two sides to the word, a positive and a negative. The positive side of to meet (which is also used of kindness) means to encounter, light upon, to touch, reach, join, impinge, entreat, and so on.
Rejoices means cheerful, bright, exult, and display joy.
The word for does means fashion, work, accomplish, make, produce, deal (with), act with effect, produce, prepare, to attend to, to put in order, observe, celebrate, etc.
Righteousness is a legal term meaning what is right, uprightness, and justice.
The meaning of continue, when used of the past, means ancient time or world, antiquity, long time, days of old. When used of the future, it means forever, everlasting, perpetual, always, indefinite or unending future, eternity, and so on.
The word used here for saved in Hebrew means to be open, wide or free, to be safe, to free or succor, deliver, liberate, or to be victorious. Vine’s Expository Dictionary says, “Essentially the word means to remove or seek to remove someone from a burden, oppression, or danger.”
Years ago, I wrote this beside the first part of the verse in my Bible, “You fall upon, meet together with, make intercession for him who rejoices.” Though only part of the verse, that part is what stood out to me at the time.
I love the thought of the Lord meeting with me, lighting upon me, joining me. But am I a whiner or a rejoicer in His presence? Oh, He’s there no matter what my mood or attitude might be, but I’m sure He would much rather join me when I exult in triumphant joy.
Doesn’t it bless you that the Lord makes intercession for you? The New Testament tells us just this thing, “Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (Rom. 8:27 NKJV)
The Isaiah passage tells us we will encounter God when we produce the effects of righteousness in our lives. He meets with us when we recall Him, mentioning His ways in our lives, praising Him for all His works. “In [His ways] is eternity and we shall be saved.”
Once in a while, we need to have a sit-down with ourselves and do a little probing, asking ourselves:
* Am I joyful when I enter the Throne Room to meet my Beloved?
* Do I exult with rejoicing just to be in His presence?
* Are the effects of righteousness seen in my life?
* Am I thankful for His ways in my life?