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Isaiah’s Cry

Posted: 03/16/2009 in Prayer Requests
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Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,

that the mountains might quake at your presence—

as when fire kindles brushwood

and the fire causes water to boil—

to make your name known to your adversaries,

and that the nations might tremble at your presence!”

Isaiah 64:1-2

It is better to trust in the LORD
Than to put confidence in man.
It is better to trust in the LORD
Than to put confidence in princes.

Psalm 118:8-9

Oh how easy it is to put our confidence in men; in those who appear to be mighty or wise. We are often short-sighted, and can’t see beyond what is visible. God grant us faith that our eyes would see above and beyond, for man is like the flower. He fades and withers. His beauty and strength are for but a season, and then he fails. However, the LORD our God is a rock; solid and sure. There is no changing in His appearance or in His words. “For I am the LORD, I do not change” Malachi 3:6. Therefore cast your eyes upon Him. Be of good cheer. Trust in Him, for He shall not fail.

“…Surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40: 7-8

J. C. Hahne

Today I finished the last sermon in Dr. Lloyd Jones book “Revival” and I wanted to share a little bit of what encouraged me. His last sermon was taken form the text Isaiah 64:1 “Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence.” Isaiah cries out to God with all that is within him for God to act mercifully. Despite their sin, their idolatry, their abandonment of the covenant, Isaiah cries out to God to do something, that God’s name would not be shamed in the world, and that His presence would be enjoyed by His people.

Isaiah’s cry is based on nothing other than the glory of God’s name. He knew well that they deserved what they were receiving (captivity, destruction, fiery trials). But Isaiah recalls of how God previously worked at similar times of disobedience. O the height, depth, width, length of His love. His mercies are unending. Yes His anger is aroused, but joy and goodness are new in the morning.

The state of the church here in Romania is a very desperate one. The church is falling and the name of the Lord is being mocked. They shout “Peace!!! Peace!!!” when there is no peace. But God!!! God is exceedingly able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think! For His names sake He can awaken the sleeping. He can breathe life into the dead! Our hope is great that He will work. O, God! Tear open the heavens and rain down your Spirit! Convict us of our sin and drive us to Christ our Rock!

I have been encouraged to press on… to pray… to hope!!! Our God is great, worthy of praise!!! I leave you with a quote from John Newton.

“Thou art coming to a king;

Large petitions with thee bring;

For His grace and power are such

None can ever ask so much.”

J. C. Hahne

Lately this constant theme keeps popping up in my head. It seems that everything that I read comes back to this truth… The Gospel is our strength, and we must remind ourselves of it all the time! Yesterday reading Martin Lloyd Jones book “Revival” I came across a verse from Isaiah 63. We must keep in mind that Isaiah as well as the people of Israel were in deep affliction. God had brought His judgments upon the entire nation. So in the midst of trouble Isaiah writes the following words.

“I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD And the praises of the LORD, According to all that the LORD has bestowed on us,And the great goodness toward the house of Israel, Which He has bestowed on them according to His mercies, According to the multitude of His lovingkindnesses.” – Isaiah 63:7

Isaiah comforts his soul by preaching/reminding himself of God’s character and His redemption… He meditates on these things and thus presses on in faith and joy. “I will mention your lovingkindnesses!”, “…and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which He has bestowed on them according to Him mercies…”

Are you downcast? Are you frustrated? Preach to yourself! Make mention of all the blessings that you have through Christ death for you! Make mention of the position you hold as Child of the Almighty! Make mention of His promises, of His lovingkindnesses, of His endless mercies! Preach the Gospel to yourself, and take courage! Press on in the peace and joy of the Lord!

J. C. Hahne