What Will Your Song Sound Like?
I will sing about the one I love, a song about my loved one’s vineyard: The one I love had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He broke up the soil, cleared it of stones, and planted it with the finest vines. He built a tower in the middle of it and even hewed out a winepress there. He expected it to yield good grapes, but it yielded worthless grapes. So now, residents of Jerusalem and men of Judah, please judge between Me and My vineyard. What more could I have done for My vineyard than I did? Why, when I expected a yield of good grapes, did it yield worthless grapes? Now I will tell you what I am about to do to My vineyard: I will remove its hedge, and it will be consumed; I will tear down its wall, and it will be trampled. I will make it a wasteland. It will not be pruned or weeded; thorns and briers will grow up. I will also give orders to the clouds that rain should not fall on it. For the vineyard of the Lord of Â Hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah, the plant He delighted in. He looked for justice but saw injustice, for righteousness, but heard cries of wretchedness. Isaiah 5:1-7 (HCSB)
“Song of the Vineyard” speaks of the rebellion of Israel, the chosen people. It proclaims how the Lord takes extraordinary measures to prepare the lives of his people to be fruitful. However, if we are found to be unproductive because of our choices in life, the Lord will remove his protection and provisions from us and allow our lives to become a wasteland.
How can we be productive, pleasing to the Lord, our Caretaker? The Lord seeks justice and fairness among all his people. The Lord expects his people to live in harmony with each other according to God’s will, ways, and wisdom – living a righteous life. To be deemed as righteous cannot be claimed. The Lord alone can proclaim us as righteous. It is his standard and thus he alone is the judge.Consider all he has done to inspire us to live according to the choices that please him. Christ stands before us as our model and guide of what a righteous life looks like. When we have humbled ourselves and surrendered our heart, soul, mind and strength to God, then our choices and attitudes towards others will reflect the righteous life inside of us. For all of us who genuinely surrender ourselves to the Lord, a hedge will be placed around our lives. He will tend to our needs so that we can grow to be fruitful participants in his kingdom on earth. He will pluck out the thorns and briers from our life which can hinder our fruitfulness.
What will your song sound like about your life? Will it testify about your righteous life? Will it be a joyous song of praise or a dirge (funeral song)? For most of us, our song is still being written? How we respond to the challenges we face and where we place our trust will write the rest of our song. Pray your song will be a love song that will inspire others and place a smile on the Lord’s face when it is sung.