The Eternal has comforted his people. He has bared his holy arm in the sight of all the nations so all the ends of the earth may see the salvation of our God. Isaiah 52:9–10
On a hill far away, on an old, rugged cross, you comforted me, O God. Contrary to expectations, you rolled up your sleeves and went to work on my behalf. In full view of the nations of earth, the Lamb of God propitiated your wrath toward the sin of his brothers and sisters from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. Seeing Jesus suffer for me might not have felt comforting at the time, but when I realized what you did in his life, death and resurrection; when I realized how wonderful my fellowship with you would be through my relationship with him; my spirit was restored and joy filled my heart. Now, in Jesus’ name you continually display your wisdom and strength on my behalf, delivering me daily from the attacks of Satan, taking away my fear of any lasting harm he can do. Your peace and well-being give me courage to continue to fight the fight of faith. “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. You are with me and your rod and your staff comfort me.” For I know that your “holy arm,” your supreme competence, that rescued me from your wrath will defend and protect and sustain me until my salvation is completed when Jesus returns, and in the sight of all the nations displays his glory. O holy Comforter, the river of your peace flows alongside my path. It is well with my soul. Amen.