Isn’t your entire being moved during Handel’s Messiah? When you hear, ‘Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!…’ it’s as if “the glory of the Lord has been revealed, And all flesh see it together.” (Is. 40:5)
Well, did you know that it was Isaiah 40 that inspired Handel to compose the Messiah? It is written that George Frideric Handel was greatly inspired by Isaiah 40, “Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” says your God.
Perhaps these words spoke volumes to him because at this time his music was perceived as ‘outdated’ and he was thought of as an ‘old fogey’, after having great success at the Royal Academy of Music which he had opened years before.
The story is told that Handel shut his door in London on Aug. 22, 1741 and started composing music to these words, “Comfort, yes, comfort My people.” After 23 days, Handel’s Messiahwas birthed.
Have you read Isaiah 40? Well, they come after 39 chapters of “woes”. Isaiah 40 comes after 39 chapters of judgement,
“Comfort, yes comfort My people!” says, your God. Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; For she has received from the Lord’s hand
double,(or forgiveness) for all her sins.”
These words have inspired me, as they did Handel.
You see,after suffering great amounts of trial,(in my opinion) the Lord showed me His hand, it was nail pieced and He offers forgiveness for all our sins. So I feel in some strange way that just as John the Baptist fulfilled Is. 40:3 in Jesus’ day, that God uses our voices today, to be “a voice crying in the wilderness: saying “Prepare the way of the LORD;”
So I close my door, so to speak, to complete a book that I am writing called, “God’s Hand.”
“Why?” you might ask.
I think Isaiah 40: 6,7,and 8 answer the question: The voice said, “Cry out!” And he said, “What shall I cry?” “All flesh is grass, And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, Because the breath of the LORD blows upon it; Surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”
In other words,
He has shown me that life is short, but in that short life, God allows some tough times to blow, but in the wind and torrent, His Word becomes my life, and His word stands forever,
so I write because God has spoken, “Lift up your voice with strength, Lift it up, be not afraid; Say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”
So the book IS being written, but not as I originally thought. The book is many books, and each book in and of itself has one theme: “Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” So Lord, I pray, that if I compile any words, that they speak to Your children, young and old and are centered on Your Word, because this is a day when ‘truth’ is vague, and ‘lies’ are everywhere, and it’s hard to see and know which way to go.
“Jesus, bless us, all Your children with more and more understanding of You. Because all of You is good, and Your love endures forever, and Your lambs constantly go astray, but will You draw us to You…You are like no other, and it is truly Your kindness that leads us to repentance! Oh yes, how You welcome your wayward sheep, and not only that…
when we turn and come on home, You run to us with open arms! O Lord, Your ways are not the ways of man! Thank you that you forget our sin as far as the east is from the west. Thank you that your steadfast love never ceases, and that Your mercy never comes to an end, and Thank You, thank You, thank You that even better than all of that, Your mercies are new every morning! Great, O how Great is Your faithfulness!
Hallelujah, Hallelujah! Ha-le-lujah!
Thank you for the comfort of Your word. In Jesus name we pray. AMEN. “