“You who bring good tidings to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, ‘Here is your God!’”
The Kingdom promised to David saw the southern tribes of Judah return to Jerusalem and the kingdom was re-established. But not all was peace. The Assyrian army was advancing against them. They were terrified. Hezekiah, the king of Judah, called out to God and God heard and answered his prayer. The Assyrian army was defeated, not by man’s power, but by God’s angel (chapter 37 vs. 36).
After this was accomplished Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah came with the message that Hezekiah must put his house in order for he was going to die (chapter 38 vs1). Hezekiah prayed to God and God heard his prayer and healed him, giving him an additional 15 years of life.
God answers prayer. He did then and He does today. Because of Hezekiah’s contrite heart and his confession of sin, Judah was spared and there was a time of peace.
God’s word came to Isaiah to give a special message to the people. In chapter 40, we find these words leading up to the verse for today. 1. “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed that her sin has been paid for.” What a wonderful message! Then God gives to Isaiah the message of our verse for today. “Lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid”. The news that God had saved them and that their “sin was paid for” was wonderful and they needed to shout it from the high mountain.
This message was for Judah only and for that time, but we have even greater news, as we celebrate this Advent Season. The giving of God’s only Son as the Savior for ALL the world, we too need to shout it from the high mountain. We need to tell a lost and dying world, “HERE IS YOUR GOD”! This is a message that is not just for us but for ALL people and for ALL time. This is the Good News.
As you pray today, consider the great gift of God’s Good News to you. It’s a gift that is meant to be shared. Ask God to show you the many ways to share that gift today!