"For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." Isaiah 55:12 NKJV
This verse always, and I mean always, brings a smile to my face and fills my soul. Just picture in your heart and mind the absolute wonder of such incredible joy--the mountains and hills sing and the trees clap their hands!! (Yes, it is worthy of two exclamation points.)
When man sinned, not only was the human race changed, but all of creation suffered the consequences. The earth itself, and all of the universe became subject to deteriorating. None of God's creation was meant to die, but sin changed that. Everything began to age, and with age comes weakness and finally death.
Remember, God made us in His image. He placed man above all the rest of creation, and gave him authority over all things on the earth, in the sky, and in the sea. But when man fell, he lost that authority. He tried to hide from God and found blame in others for his disobedience.
But God gave us hope when He gave us Jesus. When our final redemption arrives, all of creation will be set free from the curse of death and decay and will share our glory. All created things!
Imagine, when He returns for us, a symphony of worship from Everest and Kilimanjaro, and even the smallest hill accompanied by the rhythmic melody of claps from the tallest redwoods and sequoias to a new sapling, will fill the earth with a sound so beautiful, and so stunning to see, that our souls will beam with such euphoria as we, all of creation, in unison, give worship to the King of the Universe! Is this verse strictly symbolic? I can't answer that, for the day has not yet arrived. But as for me, I will take this verse literally because it fills me with such emotion. What a day it will be! And we shall all bow to the name of Jesus, our Savior. Hallelujah, I can hardly wait!! Go with God and know His peace. May constant and contagious joy be in your heart today!