Read Isaiah 25
Praise to the Lord
25 Lord, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness
you have done wonderful things,
things planned long ago.
2 You have made the city a heap of rubble,
the fortified town a ruin,
the foreigners’ stronghold a city no more;
it will never be rebuilt.
3 Therefore strong peoples will honor you;
cities of ruthless nations will revere you.
4 You have been a refuge for the poor,
a refuge for the needy in their distress,
a shelter from the storm
and a shade from the heat.
For the breath of the ruthless
is like a storm driving against a wall
5 and like the heat of the desert.
You silence the uproar of foreigners;
as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud,
so the song of the ruthless is stilled.
6 On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare
a feast of rich food for all peoples,
a banquet of aged wine—
the best of meats and the finest of wines.
7 On this mountain he will destroy
the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations;
8 he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears
from all faces;
he will remove his people’s disgrace
from all the earth.
The Lord has spoken.
9 In that day they will say,
“Surely this is our God;
we trusted in him, and he saved us.
This is the Lord, we trusted in him;
let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”
10 The hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain;
but Moab will be trampled in their land
as straw is trampled down in the manure.
11 They will stretch out their hands in it,
as swimmers stretch out their hands to swim.
God will bring down their pride
despite the cleverness of their hands.
12 He will bring down your high fortified walls
and lay them low;
he will bring them down to the ground,
to the very dust.
In Isaiah 25, we are reminded of God’s perfect faithfulness in what He has done and what He will do. We simultaneously see a picture of His all powerful judgment of the prideful and His tender love and complete victory for those who trust in Him. Take a few minutes to pause and savor the verses that lift up your soul and stir reverence and joy in your heart. Underline the words that describe the great reach of His reign, the totality of His victory, His tenderness and grace, and the seriousness of His judgment. Consider how it might feel to one day see the fulfillment of these verses, because this is our future reality.
So, how does the future change how we operate today? We trust, stand firm, and give ourselves fully to God’s work because victory, in every sense of the word, is coming! Whatever we face today, we face with hope, and we keep trusting and standing firm in our commitment to Him. We trust that He will save us, believing that one day we will say (as it says in verse 9) “Surely this is our God; we trusted in Him, and He saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in Him; let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”
This is our God. This is the LORD. We will behold the one we waited for and trusted in through all the trials of this earthly existence. And the Sovereign LORD Himself will wipe away our tears and remove all our disgrace from all the earth. There is nothing that will keep you in a place of mourning – nothing you have done or been through in this life. Let that soak in.
In light of the coming victory where death is swallowed up, 1 Corinthians 15:58 calls us to “stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” God’s victory is surely coming. Isaiah 25:3 declares even “strong peoples will honor [Him].” Even “cities of ruthless nations will revere [Him].” He certainly does not need our help to turn people to Himself, but what a privilege that He allows us to participate in His work! Whatever we offer today toward God’s work, we know that it is not in vain. We withhold nothing, we trust through everything, and we fix our eyes on the final victory that is certain to come.
- If you truly believed that Isaiah 25 describes what will be before your very eyes, would you risk more, sacrifice more, or give yourself more fully in any way to God’s work?
- How does the assurance that this day of salvation is certainly coming infuse hope into your current situation? As you read through all that will happen and all that He will do for us, what assurances strengthen your heart the most?
- Are you prepared for God to fulfill the scriptures of Isaiah 25? Consider turning to Jesus for salvation if you have not already, having been reminded today of both the LORD’s incredible kindness and His serious judgment for sin.
I look forward to this victorious day. We will feast. You will remove the shroud that enfolds all peoples. You will swallow up death. Everyone will revere you. You will reign forever. You will be close. You will touch my face and wipe off my tears. You will remove your people’s disgrace from all the earth. This is my future that I look forward to today. What in this life can remove my hope from me? Nothing I’ve done and nothing I’ve suffered can take away this future that I have in you. I will behold your perfect victory! Help me to fix my eyes on you right now, not on my past and not on my current suffering, and help me to trust in you, to stand firm, and to give myself fully to your work today. Amen.
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