vs. 1-18 - A SONG OF THE REDEEMED IN
prophet, having (in Isaiah 25.) poured forth his own thankfulness to God
for the promise of the Church’s final redemption and triumph, proceeds
now to represent the Church itself in the glorified state as singing praise to
God for the same.
v. 1 – “In that day” – In the day of God – II Peter 3:12 – the tenth verse
says “the day of the Lord WILL COME” – it will be the period
of the “restitution of all things” - Acts 31
"we have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks"
The intention is to convey the idea of complete security - the might of God
will be a Sure Defense – there will be no need of walls or bulwarks.
v. 2 - “the gates of it will not be shut at all” – Revelation 21:25
I marvel at the Bible which is God’s written word – Jesus Christ, His
Son is the Living Word – the Bible is a sort of Owner’s Manual
which addresses every dimension of our needs.
Psalm 19:7-11 says:
them there is great reward”
I say all this to say that the Bible is current and had a purpose for
my life and yours – my mother-in-law – Ruth Cathcart’s favorite
verse is v. 3 -
v. 3 – “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed
In this world and the next – on the security and immovableness of
the New Jerusalem – it is all peace and sure defense on God’s side
and all trust and perfect confidence on man’s side!
v. 4 - "In the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength" – literally the
Rock of Ages – a certain refuge throughout all eternity
is no doubt intended.
v. 7 - "the way of the just is uprightness" - for the
most part free of doubt and perplexity as to
the line of conduct which it behoves them to
v. 8 – “we waited for thee” - During the long years of our affliction
and persecution in the world, we waited in the constant
expectation that “thy judgments” would fall upon our
"the desire of our soul is to thy name, and
to the remembrance of thee"
v. 9 - "with my spirit within me will I seek thee early"
“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul
thirsteth for thee n a dry and thirsty land where no water
is” – Psalm 63:1
v. 10 - “Let favor be showed to the wicked, yet will he not
learn righteousness” - “He maketh His sun to rise on
the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just
and on the unjust” - Matthew 5:45 - mercy & long-suffering
thrown away on the wicked
v. 14 - Where are the gods of the past? How strange it seems that
the “great gods” whom so many millions worshipped in former
times — Bel, and Asshur, and Ammon, and Zeus, and Jupiter —
should have passed so completely away as to be almost
v. 16 - "they poured out a prayer when thy chastening
was upon them"
vs. 19-21 - THE PROPHET’S COMMENT ON THE SONG OF
THE JUST. Having concluded his “song of the just” in a minor key with
a confession of human weakness, the prophet proceeds to cheer and
encourage his disciples by a clear and positive declaration of the doctrine
of the resurrection: “Thy dead, O Israel, shall live.” He then adds a
recommendation for the present — a recommendation to privacy and
retirement, until the judgments of God which he has predicted (Isaiah 24.)
are shown forth upon the earth.
v. 19 - "Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead
body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that
dwell in the dust: for thy dew is as the dew of
herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead"
Compare Job 19:26-27 - "And though after my skin
worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall
I see God: whom I shall see for myself and not
another; though my reins be consumed within
v. 21 – “The Lord cometh out of his place” - (comp. Micah 1:3). In
the Psalms God is represented as “bowing the heavens and coming down,”
bringing them, as it were, with him. Here (and in Micah) He quits His place
in heaven, as a king quits his own country when he proceeds to take
vengeance on rebels in another. The expressions are, both of them,
accommodations to human modes of thought. “to punish the inhabitants
of the earth for their iniquity” literally, to visit the iniquity of the
inhabitant of the earth upon him. “the earth also shall disclose her blood”
literally, her bloods; i.e. her bloodsheddings; the many murders committed
by man upon her surface. Isaiah denounced “murderers” in his first chapter
(v. 21). Manasseh’s murders were the main cause of the first destruction
The second destruction was equally a judgment for the innocent blood that
had been shed upon the earth, “from the blood of righteous Abel unto the
blood of Zacharias son of Barachias”(Matthew 23:35). Bloodshed “cries
to God for vengeance” (Genesis 4:10), and will be one of the main causes
of the world’s final destruction (Revelation 16:6; 18:20) – “and shall no
more cover her slain” - “There is nothing covered that shall not” in the last
day “be revealed, and hid that shall not be known” (Matthew 10:26). Every
murder, however secret, will be brought to light, and every murderer, however
unsuspected previously, denounced and punished.
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