Praise the Lord for humbling the great and exalting the low

Isaiah Bible Background

10.02.2017 – Old Testament: Isa 25.2–5

To read the Bible in a year, read Isaiah 24–26 on October 2, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Isaiah declared that he would praise the Lord, for the prophet had seen the Lord do wonderful things and because His counsels are of faithfulness and truth (Isaiah 25.1). Then the prophet showed what he saw,

For You have made a city a ruin,
A fortified city a ruin,
A palace of foreigners to be a city no more;
It will never be rebuilt.
Therefore the strong people will glorify You;
The city of the terrible nations will fear You.
For You have been a strength to the poor,
A strength to the needy in his distress,
A refuge from the storm,
A shade from the heat;
For the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
You will reduce the noise of aliens,
As heat in a dry place;
As heat in the shadow of a cloud,
The song of the terrible ones will be diminished.
(Isaiah 25.2–5) 

The Lord brought to ruin fortified cities and He showed His strength to and for the poor. The Bible shows repeatedly that the Lord humbles the self-exalted and exalts the self-humbled.

Questions:

  • Do you humble yourself or do you exalt yourself?
  • What part does the Lord have in your life?

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