You Need Comfort
Isaiah 12:

 1 In that day you will say: "I will praise you, O LORD.  Although you were angry with me, your anger has  

     turned away and you have comforted me.

2 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my                            iii song; he has become my salvation."

3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

 4 In that day you will say:  "Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name;
    make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.

 5 Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.

 6 Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you."

Isaiah 40:1-11  -  Comfort for God's People

 1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.

 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed,
     that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD's hand double for all her sins.

 3 A voice of one calling: "In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness
    a highway for our God.

4 Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become          iii level, the rugged places a plain.

5 And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the                 ii  LORD has spoken."

6 A voice says, "Cry out."  And I said, "What shall I cry?"  "All men are like grass, and all their glory is         I   like the flowers of the field.

7 The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the        ,   people are grass.

 8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever."

 9 You who bring good tidings to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You, who bring good tidings to ….Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah,
   "Here is your God!"

 10 See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and his arm rules for him. See, his reward is with him,
       and his recompense accompanies him.

11 He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his    .     heart; he gently leads those that have young.

 

Jeremiah 31:10-13

10 "Hear the word of the LORD, O nations; proclaim it in distant coastlands:  'He who scattered Israel   will gather them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.'

 11 For the LORD will ransom Jacob
       and redeem them from the hand of those stronger than they.

 12 They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; they will rejoice in the bounty of the LORD—
       the grain, the new wine and the oil, the young of the flocks and herds. They will be like a well                .      watered garden, and they will sorrow no more.

 13 Then maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into               .     gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.

 

2 Corinthians 1:3-7  -  The God of All Comfort

 

 3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 5For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. 6If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

 

2 Corinthians 7:6-13

6But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, 7and not only by his coming but also by the comfort you had given him. He told us about your longing for me, your deep sorrow, your ardent concern for me, so that my joy was greater than ever.

 8Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it—I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while— 9yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 11See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter. 12So even though I wrote to you, it was not on account of the one who did the wrong or of the injured party, but rather that before God you could see for yourselves how devoted to us you are. 13By all this we are encouraged.