Summary of passage: The messenger will bring good tiding to Zion and Jerusalem. He will go up on a high mountain and shout so all can hear, “Here is your God!” God will come with power. His reward is with him as well as his recompense (forgiveness). He watches over us like a shepherd and holds us in his arms close to his heart. He gently leads us.
10a) The messenger will go up to a high mountain and shout with all of his might, “Here is your God!”
b) God comes with power. The reward is with him and his recompense accompanies him. He will gather his people and hold them close to his heart. He tends them, leads them, and watches over them. In God’s timing, He will rescue them and forgive them of their sins. He holds them as they suffer.
c) Personal Question. My answer: Nothing can defeat God. He is just. He has a plan and when my little world is in chaos, He is holding me next to His heart. He is tending me, watching over me as I grow, and leading me. For He is my reward.
11a) Reward: something that is given in return for good or evil done or received and especially that is offered or given for some service or attainment; recompense. Recompense: to give something to by way of compensation; to pay for; a return for something done, suffered, or given.
b) His reward is Him. His recompense is his forgiving of our sins and His giving of Jesus to pay for our sins. He will come and bring forgiveness. God is with us always and forgives us always even in the midst of sin. It’s comforting to know when we fall, His hand is there to pick us back up.
Conclusions: Great reminder of God’s faithfulness, His goodness, His love, His compassion, His forgiveness, His power, His gentleness, and everything else God. He is a God of comfort. He is always there for us in our times of need. Sometimes we forget that but He doesn’t. He tends, gathers, carries, and gently leads us to where He wants us–closer to Him.