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Read Isaiah 26

A Song of Praise

26 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:

We have a strong city;
    God makes salvation
    its walls and ramparts.
Open the gates
    that the righteous nation may enter,
    the nation that keeps faith.
You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
    for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
He humbles those who dwell on high,
    he lays the lofty city low;
he levels it to the ground
    and casts it down to the dust.
Feet trample it down—
    the feet of the oppressed,
    the footsteps of the poor.

The path of the righteous is level;
    you, the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth.
Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws,
    we wait for you;
your name and renown
    are the desire of our hearts.
My soul yearns for you in the night;
    in the morning my spirit longs for you.
When your judgments come upon the earth,
    the people of the world learn righteousness.
10 But when grace is shown to the wicked,
    they do not learn righteousness;
even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil
    and do not regard the majesty of the Lord.
11 Lord, your hand is lifted high,
    but they do not see it.
Let them see your zeal for your people and be put to shame;
    let the fire reserved for your enemies consume them.

12 Lord, you establish peace for us;
    all that we have accomplished you have done for us.
13 Lord our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us,
    but your name alone do we honor.
14 They are now dead, they live no more;
    their spirits do not rise.
You punished them and brought them to ruin;
    you wiped out all memory of them.
15 You have enlarged the nation, Lord;
    you have enlarged the nation.
You have gained glory for yourself;
    you have extended all the borders of the land.

16 Lord, they came to you in their distress;
    when you disciplined them,
    they could barely whisper a prayer.
17 As a pregnant woman about to give birth
    writhes and cries out in her pain,
    so were we in your presence, Lord.
18 We were with child, we writhed in labor,
    but we gave birth to wind.
We have not brought salvation to the earth,
    and the people of the world have not come to life.

19 But your dead will live, Lord;
    their bodies will rise—
let those who dwell in the dust
    wake up and shout for joy—
your dew is like the dew of the morning;
    the earth will give birth to her dead.

20 Go, my people, enter your rooms
    and shut the doors behind you;
hide yourselves for a little while
    until his wrath has passed by.
21 See, the Lord is coming out of his dwelling
    to punish the people of the earth for their sins.
The earth will disclose the blood shed on it;
    the earth will conceal its slain no longer.

Go Deeper

Chapter 26 takes a second to pause from the oracles and judgment to give a beautiful reminder of who God is. While this song describes the ultimate fulfillment when Jesus returns, it is still one that we can sing now, anticipating that day.

Much of the language of this chapter models our attitude to the Messiah. It speaks of our hearts desiring, yearning, and earnestly seeking him. This shows a deep longing for the Lord comes from rightly knowing Him. By increasing our knowledge of who God is, we see Him more clearly. We are reminded that He is steadfast (v. 4), fulfiller of promises (v. 15), has a sovereign plan (v. 5-6), and is just (v. 21). When we are reminded of who He is and what He has done, it puts us in a heart-posture to trust Him.

Verse 3 is the heartbeat of this chapter “You keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” In order to understand the “how-to” of this verse, we have to work through it backwards. When we trust Him, our minds focus on Him. When God is our focal point, we find peace. Tara-Leigh Cobble describes it this way: “The only way to trust and delight in Him is to know Him more and more. In coming to know Him, our peace increases as a byproduct.” This message is one that we can see throughout scripture: our lives are transformed (Romans 12:2), we can have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16, Philippians 2:5), and think about the things above (Colossians 3:2).

The most important thing for us to remember here is the finished work of the cross. The peace that surpasses all understanding is found in the hope of knowing what Christ has already done on the cross for us. We get to walk in freedom and joy because of this truth! He has given us a new way to walk: one that is slow and unhurried. Find rest in knowing that He has already gone before us and we get to walk in His footsteps with Him guiding us the whole way.


  1. What did you learn about God in this chapter?
  2. Verse 21 is a shift in language, talking about the Great Tribulation. Why do you think this verse on judgment was included? How do judgment and peace tie together here?
  3. Read Proverbs 3:5-6. How does this verse relate to the message of Isaiah 26?

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5 thoughts on “Isaiah 26”

  1. Isaiah’s words were like a healing balm to my soul this morning. I’m presently facing a challenge in the classroom and reading of the perfect peace that is mine as I trust and I keep my thoughts on God, the eternal Rock, gives me courage to press on. I’m reminded that all of life’s hard moments are just a tiny blip of time compared to eternity. Over and over again I’ve experienced the goodness and grace of my Savior that drives gratitude and devotion to him. I’m reminding myself of how BIG my God is and am poised to see how he moves this mountain and changes me in the process. This morning I woke to the words of this old hymn going through my mind, “Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me. Break me, melt me, mold me fill me. Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me.” (B.B. McKinney)

  2. God’s amazing grace. He constantly gives us grace for all seasons of existence. Life is a battle and it seems the enemy is never wanting us to have a reprieve. It His up to us to put our minds on God, His Word, His greatness, His goodness, His grace, His name should be exalted above all blessing and praise. Nehemiah 9:5 Then the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, “Stand up and bless the Lord your God from everlasting to everlasting. Blessed be your glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise. I loved verse 9 My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. I want to wrap myself in bubble wrap so that when I walk out the door I am not forgetting.

    God Thank You for YOUR GRACE!!!! Thank You for me being in a constant state of yearning and longing for more of You. Thank You that I speak out loud and loudly praise and blessing to YOU!!! It is about kingdom living here and now in Jesus name amen

  3. 8 …we wait for you;
    your name and renown
    are the desire of our hearts.
    9 My soul yearns for you in the night;
    in the morning my spirit longs for you.
    When these verses is your truth, this is when trusting becomes second nature. Our message was on trusting Jesus in Mark 6:45-56 with the key verse of v48. After all the miracles performed in those passages, the disciples couldn’t see bc their hearts were hardened. We could ask who or what hardened them? Just like the people we read in Isaiah. Or just like you and I today. Why do we find v 8 & 9 so hard to do every day? JP asked that question yesterday in our 4th quarter assessment. Are we looking through the lens of eternity? The last two sermons on relationships and money have profoundly addressed the desires of our hearts. And Isaiah has repeatedly addressed and begged the peoples to have that change. God is speaking thru HC. God desires v 8 &9 from each of us.

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