Verse 1 – For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns.
We should all have Isaiah’s zeal to pray until we see what we’ve prayed for comes to pass. We should be persistent.
Verse 2 – The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory. You shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord will name.
Verse 3 – You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
Verse 4 – You shall no longer be termed forsaken, nor shall your land any more be termed desolate; but you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married.
Verse 5 – For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.
The metaphor of God married to His people is a husband to his bride. It communicates the intimacy and exclusivity of the relationship. As a bride can have one husband, so Israel can have only one God.
Verse 6 – I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, who shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent,
Verse 7 – and give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
The leaders of God’s people are compared to watchmen who responsibilities included the encouragement of the people’s relationship with God.
Verse 8 – The Lord has sworn by His right hand and by the arm of His strength: “Surely I will no longer give your grain to be food for your enemies; and the sons of the foreigner shall not drink your new wine, for which you have labored.
Verse 9 – But those who have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the Lord; those who have brought it together shall drink it in My holy courts.”
Attacking armies would steal the crops of people they conquered, but their plundering would be brought to an end.
Verse 10 – Go through, go through the gates! Prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway! Take out the stones, lift up a banner for the peoples!
A highway is a frequent image that Isaiah uses to describe all barriers removed between God and His people.
Do you have any barriers in your life that are blocking you from coming to your Deliverer?
Verse 11 – Indeed the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the world: “Say to the daughter of Zion, surely your salvation is coming; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.’ ”
Do you not know that when the Lord shows up in your situation, He never comes empty-handed? Every time a prayer is answered, it comes with what the Lord has brought. Think about it: When He first showed up in our lives, He brought mercy and grace. He forgave all our sins and washed them away with His precious blood. He gives grace in abundance for every situation going on in our lives. Your deliverance is in your Praise of Him!
Verse 12 – And they shall call them The Holy People, The Redeemed of the Lord; and you shall be called Sought Out, a City Not Forsaken.
Our names of who we are were changed after we were born-again: The Redeemed; Christian; God’s child; Beloved; Friend; His; and the Forgiven. Please don’t ever forget to whom you belong!