Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it: “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. (Isaiah 42:5-7 ESV)
Hymn ELH 165:1-2 Let the Earth Now Praise the Lord
Let the earth now praise the Lord,
Who hath truly kept His word
And the sinners’ Help and Friend
Now at last to us doth send.
What the fathers most desired,
What the prophets’ heart inspired,
What they longed for many a year,
Stands fulfilled in glory here.
Heavenly Father, thank You for sending my Savior, Jesus, to earn my righteousness for me and to bring me out of the darkness of sin and the dungeon of eternal death. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.