“O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name” (Isaiah 25:1a).
Isaiah 24:1-27:13 is often called “the little apocalypse.” Apocalyptic literature is filled with symbolism and has as its theme cataclysmic judgment. The Prophet Isaiah heralded to the people of God, along with pagans, that the Day of the LORD would bring judgment on the created world along with the fullness of salvation for the saints.
Isaiah 24 focuses on God’s overthrow of the corrupted earth. Isaiah 25 focuses on God’s overthrow of death.
The Prophet Isaiah worships and praises God for His many blessings. These include the following.
Isaiah praised God for His faithfulness (25:1): “O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.” God promises wonderful things, and He accomplishes them.
Isaiah praised God for His salvation of the Gentiles (25:2–3): “For you have made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin; the foreigners’ palace is a city no more; it will never be rebuilt. 3 Therefore strong peoples will glorify you; cities of ruthless nations will fear you.” Strong nations will declare his glory, and ruthless nations will adore him.
Isaiah praised God for His mercy (25:4–5): “4 For you have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat; for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall, 5 like heat in a dry place. You subdue the noise of the foreigners; as heat by the shade of a cloud, so the song of the ruthless is put down.” The LORD is kind to the poor and needy.
Isaiah praised God for His provision (25:6–7): “6 On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. 7 And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations.” The LORD will spread a feast for everyone and will remove the cloud of gloom hanging over the earth.
Isaiah praised God for His victory over death (25:8): “He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.” The LORD will swallow up death forever.
Isaiah praised God for His restoration of Israel (25:9): “It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” Israel will rejoice in his salvation.
Isaiah praised God for His judgment of His enemies (25:10–12): “10 For the hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain, and Moab shall be trampled down in his place, as straw is trampled down in a dunghill. 11 And he will spread out his hands in the midst of it as a swimmer spreads his hands out to swim, but the Lord will lay low his pompous pride together with the skill of his hands. 12 And the high fortifications of his walls he will bring down, lay low, and cast to the ground, to the dust.” God will destroy the Moabites and will end their evil works.
What Isaiah praised God for in the 8th century B.C., I can praise God for in the 21st century A.D. For that matter, so can you. May we do so today.
Soli deo Gloria!