Thou Worm Jacob

Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” – Isa. 41:14

We have no strength in ourselves. Our help comes from the LORD.

Bring It About Quickly In It’s Time

I, the LORD, will bring it about quickly in its time.” – YHWH (Isa. 60:22b)

Nothing surprises God. He does not learn anything. He is in TOTAL CONTROL. Every event has been fixed by Him.

They Will Eat the Fruit of Their Actions

Say to the righteous that it will go well for them, For they will eat the fruit of their actions.” – Isa. 3:10

Men receive in themselves the recompense of their deeds.

The righteous raise their moral nature, become better, and, in becoming better, become happier.

The wicked lower their moral nature, become worse, and, in becoming worse, become miserable.

All Our Righteous Deeds

All our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.” – Isa. 64:6

All our good works, ALL of them, are contaminated. They do not and can not save us.

Only Jesus saves.

Of course, that doesn’t mean we don’t do good works: Good works don’t save people, but saved people do good works.

Martin Luther said God doesn’t need our good works, but our neighbor does.

He Will Feed, Gather, Carry, and Lead

“He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, And carry them in His bosom, And gently lead those who are with young. – Isa. 40:11

Note the loving tenderness of our Lord Jesus.

Note the action verbs: He will feed, gather, carry, and lead.

Note how God is especially gentle leading those with children!

Our Savior is lovingly tender and active.

Thou Shalt Be Called Hephzibah

Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.” – Isa. 62:4

Where does righteousness grow but in a holy heart?

God can take a Forsaken and Desolate heart and make it one He delights in and marries.

(Hephzibah is “my delight is in her,” a fanciful name for Zion.)

A humble heart is His home

For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.” – God (Isa. 57:15)

The central truth for the comfort of God’s people is that the infinitely Great One cares even for the infinitely little.” – Charles J. Ellicott

“A humble heart is His throne.” – Thomas Watson

From the highest height (Heaven), to the lowest depth (a sinner’s heart): God is there. His gracious and glorious presence is boundless.