Praise Ye the Lord! Let all of us who have even a minimal voice, rise up from the places they are reclining or seated. Raise up your sleepy and tired and exhausted souls, unto a position of standing, unto an attitude of highest expectation and the loftiest worship. Open up your dreariness unto the Presence of the Lord our God, who is forever worthy of our praise! While there are many things for which we can praise God, one of the most significant is his 100% faithfulness to do all of what he has planned and promised. While many of us are big dreamers and schemers, only God can accomplish the marvelous plans he alone has made!!
Isaiah 25 English Standard Version
God Will Swallow Up Death Forever
25 O Lord, you are my God;
I will exalt you; I will praise your name,
for you have done wonderful things,
plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
2 For you have made the city a heap,
the fortified city a ruin;
the foreigners’ palace is a city no more;
it will never be rebuilt.
3 Therefore strong peoples will glorify you;
cities of ruthless nations will fear you.
4 For you have been a stronghold to the poor,
a stronghold to the needy in his distress,
a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat;
for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall,
5 like heat in a dry place.
You subdue the noise of the foreigners;
as heat by the shade of a cloud,
so the song of the ruthless is put down.
6 On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,
of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.
7 And he will swallow up on this mountain
the covering that is cast over all peoples,
the veil that is spread over all nations.
8 He will swallow up death forever;
and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces,
and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,
for the Lord has spoken.
9 It will be said on that day,
“Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.
This is the Lord; we have waited for him;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
10 For the hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain,
and Moab shall be trampled down in his place,
as straw is trampled down in a dunghill.[a]
11 And he will spread out his hands in the midst of it
as a swimmer spreads his hands out to swim,
but the Lord will lay low his pompous pride together with the skill[b] of his hands.
12 And the high fortifications of his walls he will bring down,
lay low, and cast to the ground, to the dust.
The Word of God for the Children of God! Gloria! In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Amen.
Today’s verses are all about praising God. You know, the word “praise” we hear so much in and around church, but what does it mean? It means “to give high thanks, to lift up, to exalt, to magnify, to celebrate.” It’s usually at a point of an otherwise inexpressible “from the very deepest depths of your humbled soul” thanksgiving which derives and then follows the maximum acknowledgment or confession of benefits we have all received from an ever-faithful, merciful God.
You might have just had the very worst day at school or at your place of work. Perhaps everything is going sideways in your life, and it just feels like there’s nothing to praise God for. That’s ok. I’ve been there too. The important thing is to realize that it’s when you’re at your lowest that praise can be most powerful.
As you begin wake yourself up, to stir up that need to praise God for what He’s done, praise Him for the world He created, praise Him for each day that you’re here on earth, it helps you. It makes you realize that yes, you might have had a bad day or a bad week, but God is good. He’s there to help you through all of the trouble you’re facing. And as you praise, it helps you remember God’s goodness.
So today, please take some quality time to praise God. It does not have to be a long thing, 5 minutes or better yet 10 will do. But remember God’s goodness. Remember all the good things that He has done and how much He loves you!
We cannot help but notice here Isaiah’s very personal relationship with God. In-between the different prophecies God gave Isaiah are passages where he seemed overwhelmed by what he had been given and needed to stop and simply worship God. He praised God for His actions in the past, and the promises He made and then faithfully accomplished. The absolute faithfulness, the utter reliability of God, the absolutely unchangeable fact that He does exactly what He promises, is an often-repeated thought throughout the Book of Isaiah.
Since God is absolutely faithful, absolutely reliable and unchangeable, we can be certain that He expects us to be faithful in our service to Him and others. He covenants with us to be in a continuous mind-set of truest praise and worship.
And here Isaiah is praising God in Chapter 25, Verse 1, let’s see why, he says:
“O LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name; For you have worked wonders, plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.”
This verse is part of a song of praise for God’s favor upon His people. Isaiah Chapters 24 – 27 are known as “Isaiah’s Apocalypse.” The chapters go over God’s judgment on the entire world for its sin. Isaiah’s prophecies were first directed to the Tribe of Judah, then to Israel, to the surrounding nations, and finally to the entire world. These chapters describe the last days when God will judge the whole world where He will permanently remove evil from the earth.
But here’s the thing, God is a righteous and loving God. How many chances has He given to you and to me? I don’t think we would be able to count how many chances He has given mankind to repent and get back to a right and righteous relationship with Him. The billions and billions of people who have lived and have died since man first started inhabiting the earth has been given thousands of chances each. How completely crazy that God is longsuffering for our man’s love to turn away, to repent from the things of the world, and to turn to Him. He gives us all the love that we need if we would just open-up our hearts unto Him.
Isaiah recognized that genuine openness, that ability to realize that God is so impossibly forgiving and loving. Isaiah exalted and praised God because He realized that God completes His plans just as He promises. I love what Moses says to God in the “Song of Moses,” Exodus, Chapter 15, Verse 2, he says:
“The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”
Today, in our 21st Century, do we trust that song? Do we 100% believe the Lord is your strength and song? Is He your salvation, is He our God, will we praise Him, will we 0.1% exalt Him? Many believers have gone before us, billions upon billions who have all sang this song. It’s so amazing! God keeps His promises.
He has another promise that is coming soon, Him. Jesus is coming back for His Church, His Bride. Are you and I, in these harsh, changing 21st century times living for God today, living for our Savior Jesus, breathing in and breathing out His Holy Spirit prepared for His return? Is your lamp full of oil? Praise the name of God from your lips for all He has done for you, 100% promises to do for you.
Isaiah Chapter 25, Verse 1, Praise to God, and that’s your Word on the Street.
This is your still small voice shouting far above the raucous din of chaos: God is the winner! God will always be the winner! God will always be 100% Victorious! Our God reigns forever and ever and there is absolutely nothing to change that. Chaos, even at its absolute loudest moment is absolutely powerless to change it.
God must be our number one focus. According to Isaiah, it is better that the whole earth should perish than that God be unfaithful or untrue! He is laser focused on God. Isaiah is laser prioritized on being a maximum expression of highest praise and the hopeful, hope-filled humblest attitude of daily worship.
Let us today, carve out some quality time with God! Let us all come back to God. Even if it is only for five or better yet, ten minutes of our chaotic day. Focus on Him! Praise Him! Worship Him! Exalt Him! Understand Him! Trust Him! Serve Him! Love only Him! And only then will our view of the world be the right one.
In the name of God, the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,
Let us Pray,
God of all truth, God of all Wisdom, sometimes I not sure if I’m actually hearing your voice, or if it’s just my own thoughts or even another spirit. Sharpen my spiritual hearing, Lord, so I can recognize your words when you are speaking to me. Help me know it’s really you, with no doubt or second-guessing. When I’m asking for your guidance in important decisions, grant unto me your peace that surpasses understanding with your answer. Help me remember that your words to me will never go against your written word in the Bible. Give me a clear mind and push out all my confusion. In Jesus’ name. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen.