How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
What’s with the feet here anyway? How beautiful are the feet? Few among us are tempted to put our feet on display, to invite comment on the aesthetic quality of these most pedestrian parts of our bodies. Sometimes barnacled with bunions and often clad in calluses, our feet look for a good place to hide. So something out of the ordinary is happening when feet are placed front and center, inviting such a warm response.
The image set forth here bespeaks at least two realities: great good news from afar, and deep longing, coupled with anxiety, among those waiting for the news. The momentous event that impels the messenger could be a battle fought to success, or the impending arrival of someone else who comes to set things aright, or a return from afar with the promise of a new day.
In the incarnation of our Savior and the ensuing news of it, we are the recipients of all that and more. Our King Jesus has engaged in a terrible battle for us, a battle in which he fought to the death and was slain. But lo and behold, though dead, he now lives again and reigns gloriously in victory. He is coming to set things aright here, among us, and the exiles are being freed, redeemed to return home for life in a new day. What beautiful feet, indeed, that bring us this good news!