“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3).
The Prophet Isaiah wrote a song that would be sung by the redeemed when the Messiah establishes the millennial kingdom. The theme of this song is set forth in Isaiah 26:1 which says, “In that that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; he sets up salvation as walls and bulwarks.” Isaiah’s song comprises chapters 26 & 27.
The prophet was picturing himself standing in the redeemed land with the believing remnant. He listens to the people express their thanks to and their confidence, trust, dependence, commitment in, and worship of, God.
The people of God sing of their Savior (26:1-15). The people thank God for His strength and peace (26:1–6), for His righteous judgment (26:7-11), and for His uniqueness (26:12-15). This is because Yahweh, unlike lifeless idols which Israel worshiped in the past, is the true and only God.
The people of God sing of their Suffering (26:16-18; 27:7-11). The people confess that their suffering was due to their sin (26:16; 27:7-11). This suffering is compared to a woman who is experiencing labor pains (26:17–18). Israel suffered like a woman giving birth.
The people of God sing of their Salvation (26:19; 27:12-13). The people of God will experience the resurrection from the dead (26:19) and a restoration to the land (27:12-13). This is a message of hope. The Old Testament expresses faith and trust in the resurrection of the body since death, in all of its forms, is an invasion of God’s created order (Isaiah 25:8; Job 19:26; Psalm 49:15; 73:24-26; Daniel 12:1-2; Hosea 13:14).
Finally the people of God will sing of their Security (Isaiah 26:20–21; 27:1–6). The people of God will enjoy God’s protection during the Great Tribulation (26:20–21; 27:1) and productivity during the glorious Millennium (Isaiah 27:2–6).
The song’s conclusion is summarized in 27:21-13 which says, “12 In that day from the river Euphrates to the Brook of Egypt the Lord will thresh out the grain, and you will be gleaned one by one, O people of Israel. 13 And in that day a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were lost in the land of Assyria and those who were driven out to the land of Egypt will come and worship the Lord on the holy mountain at Jerusalem.”
Dr. Don Carson explains that, “For Israel within the homeland (vs. 12) the emphasis is on the sifting of the minority from the mass (cf. 10:20–23). For those dispersed abroad it is on the trumpet call that will summon them home (vs. 13). The NT will show the gospel’s call having already this double effect to sift and to save (1 Cor. 1:23–24), among Jew and Gentile alike. So the two verses show the Lord’s final triumph, in terms not of conquest or new creation (as it can be pictured) but simply of persons gathered in and brought home. This is, after all, the heart of the matter (cf. Rev. 7:9ff.).
Do you belong to the believing remnant which is justified by grace alone, through faith alone, in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone? If so, take time today to praise the Lord for this gracious gift. If not, repent of your sins and trust in the person and work of Jesus Christ. He is the eternal God who became man, who was born of a virgin, who lived a sinless life, who died a substitutionary death on the cross and who rose from the dead. Forgiveness of sin and a righteous standing before God the Father is found only in Jesus Christ.
Soli deo Gloria!