In today’s chapter, we find Isaiah, the prophet, raising up thanksgiving to God on behalf of the church. My heart was glad as I read it:
1 O LORD, I will honor and praise your name, for you are my God. You do such wonderful things! You planned them long ago, and now you have accomplished them. 2 You turn mighty cities into heaps of ruins. Cities with strong walls are turned to rubble. Beautiful palaces in distant lands disappear and will never be rebuilt. 3 Therefore, strong nations will declare your glory; ruthless nations will revere you.
I really like verses 4 and 5 because they speak of how God so gloriously rescues the poor and needy people:
4 But to the poor, O LORD, you are a refuge from the storm. To the needy in distress, you are a shelter from the rain and the heat. For the oppressive acts of ruthless people are like a storm beating against a wall, 5 or like the relentless heat of the desert. But you silence the roar of foreign nations. You cool the land with the shade of a cloud. So the boastful songs of ruthless people are stilled.
The remainder of the chapter refers to the day the enemy is vanquished and Jerusalem is celebrating God’s provision and salvation. I’m not sure if it’s referring only to how God’s angel routed the Assyrians or the rescue of the Jewish children from Babylonian captivity. But, I got the feeling that it may (also) be speaking of a time yet to come: when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! Look at verse 9:
9 In that day the people will proclaim, “This is our God. We trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, in whom we trusted. Let us rejoice in the salvation he brings!”