Comfort Ye

Comfort, comfort my people!
    says your God.
Speak compassionately to Jerusalem,
        and proclaim to her that her compulsory service has ended,
    that her penalty has been paid,
    that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins!
Isaiah 40:1-2

In 1741, the great composer George Frideric Handel wrote “The Messiah.”  It’s one of the most famous choral works in music.  Most of the words come from the Bible.  After a musical introduction, the singing parts begin with a tenor voice ringing out: “Comfort ye!”  The lovely melody covers us like a soft blanket warming and comforting our bodies and our hearts.  Four times in one minute of the selection “Comfort ye!” sings out.  

Like clearing a space in the sand for a creating a castle, the music sweeps across the soul making an even space for reading the rest of the chapter.  Just like the verses proclaim, the places in your life that may feel rough and uneven, will become smooth and peaceful.  Listen to Jerry Hadley sing “Comfort Ye!” and “Every Valley.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dDjva1ecYo

Isaiah 40

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

Comfort, comfort my people! v. 1
Clearing a way for the Lord v. 3
The Lord’s glory will appear. v. 5
The word of God forever v. 8

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in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.

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