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Salvation on Our Walls and Banks
Bible Passage Isaiah 26: 1-12
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & book ISAIAH.

Salvation on Our Walls and Banks

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached October 19, 2022

1 In that day this song shall be sung in the land of Judah: “We have a strong city; He sets up salvation as our walls and banks.

2 Open the gates, so that the righteous nation shall enter in, one that is faithfully keeping truth.

3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You; because he trusts in You.

4 Trust in the LORD forever; for God the LORD is the everlasting Rock,

5 For He brings down those who dwell on high; He lays low the lofty city; He lays it low, even to the ground; He brings it even to the dust.

6 The foot shall trample it, even the feet of the poor and the steps of the needy.”

7 The way of the just is uprightness; O Upright One, You make the path of the righteous level.

8 Yea, in the way of Your judgments, O LORD, we have waited for You; for Your name and for Your remembrance is the desire of our soul.

9 With my soul I desired You in the night; yea, with my spirit within me I will seek You earnestly; for when Your judgments are in the earth, the people of the world will learn righteousness.

10 Though favor is shown to the wicked, he will not learn righteousness; even in the land of uprightness he will deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the LORD.

11 LORD, Your hand is lifted up, but they will not see; let them see the zeal you have for your people and be put to shame. Yea, the fire shall devour Your enemies.

12 LORD, You will ordain peace for us; for You also have accomplished all our works in us.

‘In that day’ in the opening verse of the text refers to the last section of chapter 25 about the Lord’s action against Moab (Isaiah 25:10-12). Isaiah compares the fate of Moab with the Lord’s personal protection of Jerusalem (‘our city’).
Having destroyed the city built by human hands (that is, humankind’s whole ungodly way of life), God now builds His city. It is a city for the righteous, an eternal dwelling place for those who have experienced the perfect peace that comes through complete trust in God (Isaiah 26:1-3).

Those who trust in God have stability and security, but those who trust in themselves are overthrown. God’s city stands for ever; the world’s city is smashed to the ground and trampled in the dust.

Godly people long to know God and His ways better, so that they can live righteously according to His directions. They desire this knowledge for others also, because only when people know God can they truly know what righteousness is (verse 7-9).

The ungodly do not know God and so cannot live uprightly (verse 10-11). The righteous know that God cares for them, and they respond with loyalty to Him, even when they are oppressed by their enemies.

🔷 God’s mighty hands provides protection for His people who walk in His ways

🔷 We must always trust in the Lord despite our present predicaments. God will always turn things around for all who trust in Him

🔷 We should see each day of our life as an opportunity to made amends with God and become better in our relationship with Him

🔷 Those who set themselves up without acknowledging God shall be humiliated

💥 Thanks to God for His grace for a new day
💥 Ask for God’s grace to live to experience His inner peace and blessings

God’s love for the unrighteous presents a period for repentance for all to come to God and enjoy the peace and fruit of the righteous. Those who stand against the way and plan of God and His people will be devoured by God’s fire, unlike how God’s upright people will experience His blessings of peace.

In series Bright Morning Reflections