Tuesday, March 26, 2019

2019.03.26 Hopewell @Home ▫ Isaiah 26:1-9

Questions for Littles: When God makes a feast for all peoples in Zion (cf. Isaiah 25), where will a song be sung in Isaiah 26:1? What do the people sing that they have? What does God provide, that functions as “walls and bulwarks” for them? What do they ask to have opened in Isaiah 26:2? What kind of nation enters in? What does this nation keep? Whom does the Lord keep in perfect peace—on what is his mind focused, and in whom does he trust (Isaiah 26:3)? In whom does Isaiah 26:4 teach us to trust? What does versse 4 call Him (cf. footnote)? What does He do to those who are lifted up/proud (Isaiah 26:5)? How far down does He ultimately bring them in verse 5? What happens to them when they are brought down to the dust (Isaiah 26:6)? Who does this to them? What is the way of the just in Isaiah 26:7? What name does this verse call God? Whose path does He level out for them? Where have Yahweh’s people waited for Him (Isaiah 26:8)? What is the desire of their soul? At what times, particularly, has the prophet desired the Lord (Isaiah 26:9)? What will the inhabitants of the world learn when the judgments of Yahweh are displayed upon the earth? 
This week’s Call to Worship, Prayer for Help, Song of Adoration, and Confession of Sin all came from Isaiah 26:1-9. This was so that when we sang together for the opening of Zion’s gates for us to enter and see the Lord, we would see that we are singing the thoughts of God after Him.

And it is He Himself who is the beauty of Zion. In this passage we see the strength of God. His salvation is the protection and strength of the city (Isaiah 26:1), and He Himself is everlasting strength (Isaiah 26:4).

In this passage, we see the mercy of God. In the context of Isaiah, it is marvelous that there is such a thing as a righteous nation that remains faithful. But that is because these things may be had through trusting in the Lord (Isaiah 26:3-4).

In this passage, we see the faithfulness of God. He is the One who keeps His people in perfect peace.

In this passage, we see the justice of God. He lays low the proud and lifts up the humble, preparing a proper path for them to walk in.

In this passage, we see that God is satisfying. He fulfills the desires of His people not merely by providing them other things, but by providing Himself as the fulfilment of their desires.
What impact does God’s strength have on you? His mercy? His faithfulness? etc.
Suggested songs: ARP24 “The Earth and the Riches” or TPH163 “Open Now Thy Gates”

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