“‘Now I will arise,’ says the LORD,
‘now I will lift myself up;
now I will be exalted.’”
Our Lord will arise. He will exalt Himself and cause His glory to shine in the midst of darkness—the darkness of our world, the darkness of our hearts, and the darkness of the valley through which we walk.
We don’t have to make it happen. He is here. And He is already orchestrating the details that will display His glory.
Our task is to look to Him. It is to delight in His Word and seek to follow Him throughout our days. As His people, His children, those whom He has made alive and to whom He has promised everlasting faithfulness, it should fill our hearts with joy that He uses us—in our weakness and failure—to make His glory evident.
“Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!” (Psalm 115:2). This should be our cry. That our Lord would give glory not to us, but to His name.The holy, righteous, powerful name of Jesus.The only name by which we are saved. It is joy to see our Lord arise, to see Him lifted up above all others, exalted, honored, and praised.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us” (2 Corinthians 4:7). It is a fight at times to rejoice in our weakness. Our pride wants to show our own strength. We want to contribute, even in this aspect of bringing God glory. But this treasure of glory is kept within our jars of clay, shining through our weaknesses, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
We have to get ourselves out of the way, to follow Him even down paths that seem too difficult or too far out of our comfort zone, so that we—along with those around us—can see how He comes through for us, how He strengthens and enables us, and how He will lift Himself up and be exalted. He will come through. He will not leave us on our own or fail to show Himself great in our circumstances.
“Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty; they will see a land that stretches afar” (Isaiah 33:17). He will open our eyes, and we shall behold Him. We will see the land of His great purposes and immeasurable power stretch out before us. We will know the deep, abiding joy of knowing that our Lord is faithful, and our souls will rejoice in the beauty and might of our God.
“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the LORD will arise upon you,
and his glory will be seen upon you.”