“I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give Him no rest till He establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.”
Isaiah 62: 6-7
Isaiah 61-64 (Psalm 120)
The passages we now begin to read recall the four Servant Songs, but with added testimony. We have read of God the King (1-37) and God the Servant (38-55), now we meet the Anointed One who consummates salvation and vengeance. The year of the Lord’s favour is foretold. Jesus, pronounced the fulfilment of this prophecy in Himself, as He read these words in the synagogue, in His home town of Nazareth (Luke 4: 16-21). As we move on from these words we read of God’s love for the world and His people; His desire to bless and the delight He takes in His creation. We see though, the sin and failing of humankind, alongside the need for repentance, obedience and reconciliation with God. There is direction on how to pray in times of difficulty and indeed what to pray for; revival is desired. We are able to see both Christ’s first and second coming in these passages, with the ultimate salvific work of Christ, consummated in an eternal city yet to come; future hope for the present.
Into our times Jesus speaks a message of Good News; freedom, sight and release, as God’s Spirit indwells through grace by faith. Much needed encouragement in these times of difficulty and challenge. These passages also inspire us to prayer. We are not to rest, nor allow the Lord rest, as we petition Him to fulfil His Word (Is. 62: 6-7). We are to remind God that we are His, to remember what He has done for us, to acknowledge our sin and to remember the true character of God; praise and prayer (63). In this prayer we are to call for revival (64: 1-4). So let us fix our eyes on the Lord, throw of the mantle of despair, hear His Good News in faith, and PRAY; PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!
The Question of Application
How will you pray today, and for what?
Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life: raise us, who trust in Him, from the death of sin to the life of righteousness. Enable us to seek those things which are above and so praise you with our life, faith and deeds. Guide us in our prayers to honour and glorify you. Amen
Eternal Spirit of the Living Christ (Chant Version) – David Hurd
Shout to the Lord – Darlene Zschech/Hillsong
In 2023, each week's blog is a follow-up reflection written by the preceding Sunday’s preacher to dig deeper into the sermon topic and explore engaging discussion questions.