Song of Praise for God’s Favor
In chapter 24 Isaiah spoke of the judgment that will come upon the world and especially during the Great Tribulation. Even in the midst of the Great Tribulation those who have come to know the Lord will praise Him. Those who know the Lord will lift up their voices and sing. They will sing for the Lord’s majesty and they shall cry aloud from the sea. (Isaiah 24:14) This demonstrates the kind of heart that will praise the Lord even in the midst of tribulation.
Knowing God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the same God that is revealed to us by Jesus Christ. God, the God of love is the God we want to praise. When someone or something is our god other than the Lord God, we will not be able to praise that god in times of tribulation.
Here the worshipper has made a decision of the will to praise God. Worship is not just a feeling it is an act of our will to worship God. . “If I did not praise and bless Christ my Lord, I should deserve to have my tongue torn out by its roots from my mouth. If I did not bless and magnify his name, I should deserve that every stone I tread on in the streets should rise up to curse my ingratitude, for I am a drowned debtor to the mercy of God – overhead and ears – to infinite love and boundless compassion I am a debtor. Are you not the same? Then I charge you by the love of Christ, awake, awake your hearts now to magnify his glorious name.” (Spurgeon)
We need to stop and think often of all the wonderful things that God has done. When we do it becomes easy to praise and worship Him. Our worship of God should be filled with thought and remembrance of the great works that God has done. When we remember the greatness of God’s Word it makes us want to praise Him. What in our life is more reliable and more enduring than the Word of God?
God is just and we can have confidence in His judgments and therefore we can praise Him. This was the case with Sodom and Gomorrah, as God’s judgment is reserved only for the deserving. The sin of Sodom is recorded by the Prophet Ezekiel. “Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy.” (Ezekiel 16:49) God is faithful and has made provision for the righteous. The righteous judgment of God causes two effects. The people of the Lord see His work and glorify Him. The unrighteous will fear God when they see His judgments.
God is worthy of praise because to the poor and needy He brings strength. In the storms of life, God is our refuge. In the heat of life, God is a shade. God will make quite the songs of the terrible ones.
We find in several places in the Scriptures mention of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. In Revelation, we read, “Then he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.'” And he said to me, “These are true words of God.” (Revelation 19:9) This feast will be a wonderful feast. It will be a feast of choice pieces and wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow. For the people of God, this will be a victory feast after the final battle is won.
This is a feast that Jesus is looking forward to as He said to His disciples, “But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” (Matthew 26:29) We should be as excited as Jesus is to attend the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
The Lord will destroy the veil that is spread over all the nations. This veil keeps them from seeing God, loving God, and obeying God. In that day the Lord will destroy that veil. The Apostle Paul speaks of a veil that lies over the hearts of the Israelite nation. “But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart.” (2 Corinthians 3:15) In the day of Isaiah there was a veil over the nations but in Paul’s day, the veil was over the Israelite nation. When one turns to the Lord the veil is taken away. “But whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” (2 Corinthians 3:16)
When man fell into sin in the Garden of Eden the penalty was death. (Genesis 2:16-17) when the Lord Returns death will be powerless. As “The Lord will also destroy death.” The Apostle Paul knew of this and was looking forward to that day. “But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory.” (1 Corinthians 15:54) For the follower of Christ death will be defeated by the resurrection. The resurrection body is not a resuscitated corpse but is a new order of life that will never die.
How glorious will it be when the Lord in His mercy wipes away every tear? It is not that He will take away the things that make us sad. It is not that He will give us a handkerchief to dry our eyes. But He will lovingly wipe away all our tears.
The idea of a rebuke may seem a displeasure but it is necessary. If our loving Heavenly Father did not correct us, then we would drift further away from Him. The day is coming when we no longer will be troubled by sin. In that day the rebuke of His people will also be taken away. We should look forward to that day and now be thankful for His faithful rebuke.
We have proclaimed the Lord’s coming and we shall proclaim it till the day He comes. The follower of Jesus is the one who is unafraid to confess Him before the men of the earth. Because we have confessed Him before men we long for the day when He will confess us before the Father in Heaven. (Luke 12:8)
It is best to wait upon the Lord. When He comes He will bring us salvation. God is all-knowing and He will come at the fullness of time which will be perfect. It is not our salvation and it is not of our own making. The salvation we receive comes from God by His grace through faith. (Ephesians 2:8) Since it is His salvation there is everything for us to rejoice for.
All of these things, confessing He is our God, the fulfillment of our waiting, our rejoicing in His salvation, all of these things will be fulfilled on that day. They can be fulfilled right now! We can praise God for these blessings right now! By our faith, we can bring some of the glory of that day into our lives right now. “To be wrapped in praise to God is the highest state of the soul. To receive the mercy for which we praise God for is something, but to be wholly clothed with praise to God for the mercy received is far more. Why praise is heaven, and heaven is praise! To pray is heaven below, but praise is the essence of heaven above. When you bow in adoration, you are at your very highest.” (Spurgeon)
The hand of the Lord will settle His favor, power, and glory on Mount Zion. In the days following the Great Tribulation when Jesus sits on His throne in Jerusalem, all of creation will know that the hand of the Lord rest on His mountain. “The powerful and gracious presence of God (which is oft signified in Scripture by God’s hand) shall have its constant and settled abode; it shall not move from place to place, as it did with the tabernacle; nor shall it depart from it, as it did from Jerusalem.” (Poole)
From that day Jesus will rule all the nations with authority and righteousness. (Psalm 2:8-12) God will reach out and bring low every proud and rebelling heart. Those who oppose His rule will be brought to the ground. “In a powerful anthropomorphic figure, the prophet pictures the Lord’s hand resting in blessing on Mount Zion and his feet trampling on Moab in judgment.” (Grogan) Which do we want? Do we want the loving hand of God or to be placed under His feet?