O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. ~Isaiah 25:1
When we approach our time of devotion with God, we often look for passages in our daily reading that encourage, instruct, and inspire us towards our worship of the Lord. Our reading this morning is one of those passages of Scripture. Isaiah 25 takes us back to the past, stops at the present, and looks ahead to the future. After we have read it, we cannot but help to exclaim, “Thou art my God!”
We see the glory of his person.
“O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.” Isaiah is meditating on all the ways in which God has shown His strength. He is God Who is unbelievable. “O Lord, thou art my God.” He is a not a God Who is far away, but a God Who draws near to us. He is a God Who is unfailing. “For thou hast done wonderful things.” He is a God Who is unchangeable. “Thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.” The summation of His goodness to us is, “I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name.”
We see the greatness of his power.
“For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.” When things looked bleak, God was there at the right time for His people. When all resources were depleted, God was sufficient for them. When the enemy mounted their armies for attack, God came at the right moment and defeated the enemy. In His power, God gives strength, a shelter, and a shadow.
We see the gladness of his people.
“And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.” After the enemy was soundly defeated and God’s people saw how God’s hand was unquestionably involved on their behalf, the people saw that all of this was for the purpose of celebrating the goodness of the Lord in their lives. Feasting speaks of celebration and eating. “Wines on the lees” speaks of the sweetness of the fruit that settled on the bottom of the container. This represented freshly squeezed fruit where none of the pulp was separated from the juice. We are always better off when we have faith in God. We are always better off when God is doing the working through us. We are always better off when God is in control.
We see his graciousness for our prospect.
“He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.” Here were people that were very fearful of their circumstances, their enemies, and the imminence of death. God has shown His faithfulness to them by His intervention and the defeat of the enemy. Through this, their confidence is bolstered and strengthened. Isaiah confidently looks to the future and says, “He will swallow up death in victory.” The last enemy to be destroyed is death. Death is gain for the believer. Death is our welcome home into glory. All tears will be wiped away from all faces. What a blessed and wonderful prospect we have.
Yes, “this is our God!” He is God Who is our Father, God Who is faithful, God Who is forgiving, and God Who cannot fail. Rejoice this morning and draw nearer to Him.
Have a worshipful God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: John 7-8