Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you.
Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and rejoice, because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you. Isaiah 60:1-3 and 5
May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness.
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor.
May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.
May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.
In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more. Psalm 72: 3-7
I have no deep meditative thoughts on these verses. I only want to share the gladness the blessings give me. There is a richness in them that fills my soul with that deep joy that actually makes me want to sit and enjoy them rather than run off and shout and yell or otherwise do something about them. I am not good at sitting still - so the pleasure is immense. I want to enjoy the 'abundance of the sea' today.
The wildness of the sea and the mast of the ship in this painting by Albert Bierstadt (The Shore of the Turquoise Sea) highlights to me that seeking those gifts for ourselves is asking to be shipwrecked. We can only enjoy them when we allow God to gift them to us.