This chapter contains that great hope of resurrection – verse 19. Hope in the Lord!
This is a very thoughtful prayer, deep and wide, covering a whole range of topics!
The first six verses have some wonderful encouragement,
“Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.” – He is our ROCK!
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” – The mind that stays on the Lord is characterised by peace!
But those verses also contain a warning – “FOR” in verse 5, “BECAUSE”, God humbles the proud, he casts them low, the lofty city. Be aware of this! Watch for pride, for arrogance, it has no place in God’s nation!
Isaiah prays for the world, he acknowledges its blindness _and_ calls on the Lord to open their sight in v11, “Let them see your zeal for your people, and be ashamed.” – It’s not a nice and pleasant eye-opening either. Isaiah goes on, “Let the fire for your adversaries consume them.”
Isaiah prays for the church as it experiences God’s discipline (v16), which brings to mind Hebrews 12 (and other passages no doubt!), speaking of the earthly and heavenly family structure, the writer says, “For they [earthly parents] disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he [heavenly Father, God] disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holinesss.
Isaiah prays for GOOD for the people, and ultimately for the resurrection of the dead (v19), “Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy!”
This is for us to hear! We were once dust, dead in our sins, but made alive in Jesus – HALLELUJAH, SING FOR JOY!
* Father God, Heavenly Father – You discipline us for good. Your purposes for us, including discipline, are for the good of us as individuals and as a people.
Please put within us a spirit of joy at our state – That we were once asleep, dead in our sins, but You woke us, made us alive!
May we sing for joy, all our days, on into eternity!
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!