Isaiah makes the case for a fallen Israel. Now, remember this is a long time before any of the devastation was present. It had to be strange reading by the king, but looking back, we know God revealed to Isaiah a full picture of the fall, the dispersal and the redemption and restoration of His people. Still Isaiah seems to humbly be approaching the Lord and requesting a life of forgiveness, redemption, and restoration–WHY? Because that is what Dads do. No matter how mad God becomes, He still loves us more.
So, Isaiah reminds God of His greatness and glory. Additionally, He is reminding God that We are His kids. He asks God to relent from His anger, though well-deserved and asks that we be forgiven and restored. While the request is for the Israel of Isaiah’s time, it pours over thousands of years to present day when we and the world can know Christ personally and God eternally. We need to become humble and realize the scope of God’s Love and our sinful hearts. Like Isaiah, we need to approach the Lord with reverence and gratefulness. He loves us and wants us to be personally connected to Him for now and forever. We, like Isaiah, know God’s love and ability to forgive and restore us. We simply need to accept the love and walk in submission to His leadership.
God Bless You
[a]Oh, that you would burst from the heavens and come down!
How the mountains would quake in your presence!
2 [b]As fire causes wood to burn
and water to boil,
your coming would make the nations tremble.
Then your enemies would learn the reason for your fame!
3 When you came down long ago,
you did awesome deeds beyond our highest expectations.
And oh, how the mountains quaked!
4 For since the world began,
no ear has heard
and no eye has seen a God like you,
who works for those who wait for him!
5 You welcome those who gladly do good,
who follow godly ways.
But you have been very angry with us,
for we are not godly.
We are constant sinners;
how can people like us be saved?
6 We are all infected and impure with sin.
When we display our righteous deeds,
they are nothing but filthy rags.
Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall,
and our sins sweep us away like the wind.
7 Yet no one calls on your name
or pleads with you for mercy.
Therefore, you have turned away from us
and turned us over[c] to our sins.
8 And yet, O Lord, you are our Father.
We are the clay, and you are the potter.
We all are formed by your hand.
9 Don’t be so angry with us, Lord.
Please don’t remember our sins forever.
Look at us, we pray,
and see that we are all your people.
10 Your holy cities are destroyed.
Zion is a wilderness;
yes, Jerusalem is a desolate ruin.
11 The holy and beautiful Temple
where our ancestors praised you
has been burned down,
and all the things of beauty are destroyed.
12 After all this, Lord, must you still refuse to help us?
Will you continue to be silent and punish us?