Go Out With Joy

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
Call upon Him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.

Let them turn to the Lord
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly and freely pardon.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
For as the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,

And do not return there without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
it will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out with joy and be led forth with peace,

The mountains and the hills will break into shouts of joy before you,
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
Instead of the thorn bush, the juniper will come up,
And instead of the stinging nettle, the myrtle will come up;
This will be for the Lord’s renown,
for an everlasting sign,
that will endure forever.”
~ Isaiah 55:6-13

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