The ransomed of the Lord will return. They will enter Zion with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away. Isa. 51:11
This passage speaks of those who have been redeemed by the Lord returning to their homeland. Knowing that the prophet Isaiah speaks of near prophecies and distant ones, as well, I see both here. I see these words speaking of those in bondage returning from Babylon. The older people had fond memories of their homeland. The younger ones would be excited to return to the land of their parents and grandparents. They had heard all the stories about Jerusalem and the temple. They probably knew all the songs their ancestors sang. As they got closer to Jerusalem, then might have raised their voices in songs of God’s comfort and His love.
I also see this passage speak of those who enter heaven. They will be singing and they will hear songs as they approach the gates. They will be extremely joyful. They will have no sorrow. There will be nothing to be sad about. They have entered into their peace.
We sometimes lose a person to heaven and it is a sudden loss. Other times when we lose them, we expect it; we have to have joy when this happens. Joy because, if the person knew Christ, he or she is in heaven. Joy because he or she will no longer be in pain.
Dear Lord God; Please be with all those who loved ones and friends who have gone to heaven. Wrap Your arms around those who grieve; draw them close to You. Whisper words of comfort, love, and kindness into their ears. We will give You the praise. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen