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Isaiah 42:10-20, A Hymn of Praise

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

He sees many things, but does not observe them; his ears are open, but he does not hear.
— Isaiah 42:20

NL Daily Devotion for Monday, December 17, 2018


by Daniel D. Maurer, Clergy Stuff

How often does it happen?

How often does God “sing a new song” or do something new in your life?

We forget to look and see all that God is doing. Or, we simply get so caught up in life that we don’t look around us to see what’s happening.

In essence, we are deaf and blind.

With today’s Narrative Lectionary daily reading, we are called to open our eyes and unstuff our ears to see and hear all that God is doing in our lives.

Narrative Lectionary Daily Reading:

Isaiah 42:10-20,

Sing to the Lord a new song,
   his praise from the end of the earth!
Let the sea roar and all that fills it,
   the coastlands and their inhabitants.
Let the desert and its towns lift up their voice,
   the villages that Kedar inhabits;
let the inhabitants of Sela sing for joy,
   let them shout from the tops of the mountains.
Let them give glory to the Lord,
   and declare his praise in the coastlands.
The Lord goes forth like a soldier,
   like a warrior he stirs up his fury;
he cries out, he shouts aloud,
   he shows himself mighty against his foes.

For a long time I have held my peace,
   I have kept still and restrained myself;
now I will cry out like a woman in labor,
   I will gasp and pant.
I will lay waste mountains and hills,
   and dry up all their herbage;
I will turn the rivers into islands,
   and dry up the pools.
I will lead the blind
   by a road they do not know,
by paths they have not known
   I will guide them.
I will turn the darkness before them into light,
   the rough places into level ground.
These are the things I will do,
   and I will not forsake them.
They shall be turned back and utterly put to shame—
   those who trust in carved images,
who say to cast images,
   ‘You are our gods.’

Listen, you that are deaf;
   and you that are blind, look up and see!
Who is blind but my servant,
   or deaf like my messenger whom I send?
Who is blind like my dedicated one,
   or blind like the servant of the Lord?
He sees many things, but does not observe them;
   his ears are open, but he does not hear.

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