(what a marvelous spread, no?)
. . . who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it:
"I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness."
This view of the mountains always makes me want to run my hand across the mountain tops and feel the smooth bumps and cool dips in the shadows. It reminds me of how big God is and how real I feel His presence in my life at times. And other times, I feel nothing, as though He steps back for a bit to let me get on with it if I'm so determined to do it my way.
I know He doesn't act that way, His Word tells us who He is and that's not Him. But sometimes it feels like that.
Anyway, in this passage, Isaiah prophesied about Jesus an easy 700 years before Jesus was born. And when I think WWJD - What Would Jesus Do - I look to this passage, it tells us exactly what Jesus would do. And sadly, I think that's not what we Christians in the 21st century do. I know I don't. It's not my default setting, but I try. Sometimes.
"He will not shout or cry out, or raise His voice in the streets. A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out. In faithfulness He will bring forth justice; He will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth."