Victory Comes when the LORD is with you. Joshua succeeded Moses to lead the conquest of Canaan. "Be strong and courageous" "I am with you." These realities are so important for the leaders of the LORD to remember. With the LORD with you, nothing can stand against us. With the strength of the LORD we can be joyful always and pray continually.
How would we characterize Israel's time in the wilderness? Complaining, grumbling, doubt and outright rebellion. When we do not believe that God is in control and will provide, we begin to rebel against him and desire to take our own path. While we see God's justice against rebellion, we also see hope as he continues to care for and lead his people.
Jesus appears in glory as the Son of God. The Epiphany season is bookended by the voice of God the Father proclaiming Jesus his son. Before he suffered as man's substitute, Jesus gave his Church a glimpse of the glory that he set aside to be our Savior. See how much he loves us! The God of Mt. Sinai, the Majestic Glory, became a man to suffer and die for us, just as Moses and the Prophets had foretold. It's good that we are here.
It is the gospel of Jesus Christ that brings true freedom. This promise of forgiveness and resurrection to eternal life come only through a righteousness found in the Savior. This righteousness sets the soul free from slavery, free to serve God. Hold to these teachings, and "you will be free indeed."
1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. 2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
The Four parts of Worship
Part one - Philippians 3:7-14
Part two - Psalm 146
Part three - Psalm 150
Part four - Hebrews 13:7-9, 20-21