Isaiah 25-26

is25.jpgGreetings!  This opens with words of praise for God and recognizes his rule over all the universe.  I write this on a Sunday, and am thinking how challenging it is to focus in worship sometimes.  There are so many distractions.  But He can be praised in so many ways and at all times.

Praise to the Lord

25     O Lord, you are my God;

I will exalt you and praise your name,

for in perfect faithfulness

you have done marvelous things,

things planned long ago.

2 You have made the city a heap of rubble,

the fortified town a ruin,

the foreigners’ stronghold a city no more;

it will never be rebuilt.

3 Therefore strong peoples will honor you;

cities of ruthless nations will revere you.

4 You have been a refuge for the poor,

a refuge for the needy in his distress,

a shelter from the storm

and a shade from the heat.

For the breath of the ruthless

is like a storm driving against a wall

5 and like the heat of the desert.

You silence the uproar of foreigners;

as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud,

so the song of the ruthless is stilled.

6 On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare

a feast of rich food for all peoples,

a banquet of aged wine—

the best of meats and the finest of wines.

7 On this mountain he will destroy

the shroud that enfolds all peoples,

the sheet that covers all nations;

8 he will swallow up death forever.

Jesus conquered sin and death for us at the cross.  This is quoted in 1 Corinthians 15:54.

The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears

from all faces;

The section above is quoted in Revelation 21:4, where God is present with his people.

he will remove the disgrace of his people

from all the earth.

The Lord has spoken.

9 In that day they will say,

“Surely this is our God;

we trusted in him, and he saved us.

This is the Lord, we trusted in him;

let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”

What a beautiful theme!  We can say that today and live it out. 

10 The hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain;

but Moab will be trampled under him

as straw is trampled down in the manure.

11 They will spread out their hands in it,

as a swimmer spreads out his hands to swim.

God will bring down their pride

despite the cleverness of their hands.

12 He will bring down your high fortified walls

and lay them low;

he will bring them down to the ground,

to the very dust.

A Song of Praise

26     In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:

We have a strong city;

God makes salvation

its walls and ramparts.

2 Open the gates

that the righteous nation may enter,

the nation that keeps faith.

3 You will keep in perfect peace

him whose mind is steadfast,

because he trusts in you.

I can’t remember where I came across it, but I memorized verse 3 some time ago.  I can say that when I focus on my trust in God it does put me at peace.

4 Trust in the Lord forever,

for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal.

5 He humbles those who dwell on high,

he lays the lofty city low;

he levels it to the ground

and casts it down to the dust.

6 Feet trample it down—

the feet of the oppressed,

the footsteps of the poor.

7 The path of the righteous is level;

O upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth.

8 Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws,

we wait for you;

your name and renown

are the desire of our hearts.

9 My soul yearns for you in the night;

in the morning my spirit longs for you.

When your judgments come upon the earth,

the people of the world learn righteousness.

10 Though grace is shown to the wicked,

they do not learn righteousness;

even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil

and regard not the majesty of the Lord.

11 O Lord, your hand is lifted high,

but they do not see it.

Let them see your zeal for your people and be put to shame;

let the fire reserved for your enemies consume them.

12 Lord, you establish peace for us;

all that we have accomplished you have done for us.

13 O Lord, our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us,

but your name alone do we honor.

14 They are now dead, they live no more;

those departed spirits do not rise.

You punished them and brought them to ruin;

you wiped out all memory of them.

15 You have enlarged the nation, O Lord;

you have enlarged the nation.

You have gained glory for yourself;

you have extended all the borders of the land.

16 Lord, they came to you in their distress;

when you disciplined them,

they could barely whisper a prayer.

17 As a woman with child and about to give birth

writhes and cries out in her pain,

so were we in your presence, O Lord.

18 We were with child, we writhed in pain,

but we gave birth to wind.

We have not brought salvation to the earth;

we have not given birth to people of the world.

19 But your dead will live;

their bodies will rise.

There will be a physical resurrection for everyone. 

You who dwell in the dust,

wake up and shout for joy.

Your dew is like the dew of the morning;

the earth will give birth to her dead.

20 Go, my people, enter your rooms

and shut the doors behind you;

hide yourselves for a little while

until his wrath has passed by.

21 See, the Lord is coming out of his dwelling

to punish the people of the earth for their sins.

The earth will disclose the blood shed upon her;

she will conceal her slain no longer.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

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