Isaiah’s role as a prophet was a very multi-faceted role. Historian, truth teller, evangelist, battle strategist. But on this day, Isaiah was a worship leader. It must have been unique to see the future destruction and then the restoration of God’s people. It would have been hard to keep from judging the sin of Israel or trying to figure out the mind of God.
Isaiah did neither of those things. Isaiah simply spoke the truth. To him, having a glimpse of God’s perspective that looks at all places and times at once, was a gift. Isaiah was worshipping the Lord and watching God’s chosen worship the Lord, because God had, in fact, destroyed Israel’s enemy and returned them to their inheritance. For Israel, the song was yet premature, they had not yet been exiled nor had the Assyrians and Babylonians been destroyed. The Remnant had not left, much less been returned. But this song that Isaiah wrote was an accurate ballad for a later date. What is more, it was a promise for hope–when the history of Israel had become abysmal.
It grows more apparent, in these times, that the world is exploding. Across the globe, God is systematically being excluded from government, education, and families. In America, we are banning worship at church, but encouraging protesters by the thousand to gather in the streets. The great news is that God is patient. He truly wants His people to humble themselves and to seek His face. As with Israel, God wants to restore us, His people, but that requires repentance and revival.
We simply need to face the fact that our nation and our world is teetering on the brink of judgement–but, as with Israel, we can turn and be restored. Pray, seek God and His truth, walk humbly, and turn toward God and His plan. Do not turn away from God to do your own thing. Then we can join Isaiah in worship and praise God for His restoration. Then we can walk in peace without fear.
God Bless You
In that day you will say:
“I will praise you, 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 himself, is my strength and my defense[a];
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 praise to the Lord, proclaim 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.”