“That Your Soul May Live” ( Isaiah 55: 8 – 9, NIV ) by Carley Evans

Humans are made in the image of God — in some ways we reflect Him. Yet, God tells us: “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Essentially God is telling us that He is not evil and is not the author of evil. He says to us, “Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:7) While the thoughts of the human being are evil, the thoughts of our God are good.

God promises, “My Word will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I send it.” (Isaiah 55:11) He says, “My salvation is close at hand and My righteousness will soon be revealed.” (Isaiah 56:1) God reaches out to us, saying: “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to Me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to Me; hear Me, that your soul may live.” (Isaiah 55:1-3) “My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor My covenant of peace be removed.” (Isaiah 54:10)

“This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from Me,” says the Lord. (Isaiah 54:17)

“A Testimony Of Praise” (1 Chronicles 16: 8, ESV) by Carley Evans

Quoting David, Ezra writes: “Seek His presence continually.” (1 Chronicles 16: 11)

In his song, David calls us to “give thanks to the Lord; call upon His Name.” But, we are also to “make known His deeds among the peoples!”

We are to testify. We are to “remember the wondrous works that He has done, His miracles and the judgments He uttered.” (1 Chronicles 16: 12) We are to testify of “His covenant forever, the Word that He commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant He made with Abraham.” (1 Chronicles 16: 15 – 16)

We are a testimony to God’s wondrous works and to the everlasting covenant He has made with His people. “Splendor and majesty are before Him, strength and joy are in His place.” (1 Chronicles 16: 27)

We are to “tell of His salvation from day to day; [to] declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples! For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and He is to be held in awe.” (1 Chronicles 16: 23 – 25)