Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Your name alone we bring to remembrance

Last night, as is our custom, Dave read a chapter of scripture to us after dinner. We have been wading through the "woe"s in Isaiah, and came last night to chapter 26. It broke upon my soul like water in a parched land!
You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Trust in the LORD forever,
for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.
~Isaiah 26:3-4

What words of comfort! Notice there is no promise of an easy road. On the contrary, it is God, not our circumstances, that is trustworthy.

In the path of your judgments,
O LORD, we wait for you;
your name and remembrance
are the desire of our soul.
My soul yearns for you in the night;
my spirit within me earnestly seeks you.
~Isaiah 26:8-9a

And in the midst of the storms that surround us, we are offered comfort. These verses seem so appropriate:

For when your judgments are in the earth,
the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
If favor is shown to the wicked,
he does not learn righteousness;
in the land of uprightness he deals corruptly
and does not see the majesty of the LORD.
LORD, your hand is lifted up,
but they do not see it.
Let them see your zeal for your people, and be ashamed.
Let the fire for your adversaries consume them.
LORD, you will ordain peace for us,
for you have indeed done for us all our works.
LORD our God,
other lords besides you have ruled over us,
but your name alone we bring to remembrance.
~Isaiah 26:9b-13

Amen and amen.

1 comment:

Mrs. Edwards said...

Very apropos.
Thanks for sharing.