A New Song
Read: JEREMIAH 31:7-14
Prophets are famous for weeping, ranting, blessing, cursing, warning, and exhorting God’s people to get it right. None were as notorious for red-faced jeremiads as the professionally dyspeptic Jeremiah, always eager to hurl his rage at idolatry and injustice. But sometimes the prophets would sing. Imagine Jeremiah belting out this tune to his captive people like it was the “Lift Every Voice and Sing” of ancient Israel.
“Sing aloud with gladness” for return from exile, gladness instead of sorrow, for life “like a watered garden”—all from a God who leads and loves his people like a Father. But something more: a new covenant to replace the old that the people had broken, “though I was their husband, says the Lord” (v. 32). God’s covenant is always based on a loving relationship, but too often we choose religions of rules and rituals because that’s safer than faith, hope, and love. Choose love.
Lord God, welcome us again into a relationship of love that gives us trust in you, no matter what our sense of exile or need for redeeming. AMEN.