Isaiah 26:3, 4
- It is God’s will that we should sing songs that glorify Him, and tell of His wonderful works for man; and that we should teach and admonish one another in the faith.
- Our text (Isaiah 26:3, 4) contains the words of an ancient Hebrew hymn that does just that. Just as we would analyze a modern hymn; we shall study the words of this hymn line by line.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace.”
- The Promise. “Perfect peace.” Peace, peace, complete peace.
- The Power. “Thou wilt,” this is a divine provision. Psalm 121:4
- The Protection. “keep him,” guard, shelter. 2 Timothy 1:12
“Whose mind is stayed on Thee.”
- This requires a heavenly heart. Colossians 3:1-3
- This requires a holy heart. 1 Peter 3:15; Romans 8:6
- This requires a holding heart. Psalm 112:7; 57:7
“Because he trusteth in Thee.”
- The condition is “faith.” Trust. Hebrews 11:1, 6
- The confidence is full “in Thee,” in Thee alone. Acts 4:12
- The conclusion is forceful. The trust cannot be in other things. (Power, possessions, paternity, pleasures, or our plans!) John 6:68
“Trust ye in the Lord forever.”
- Never give up. This is perseverance. 1 Corinthians 15:58
- Always look up. This is prayerfulness. 1 Thessalonians 5:16
- Expect to go up. This is purification. 1 John 3:2, 3
“For The LORD Jehovah is everlasting strength.”
- He is the “Rock of Ages” in the past. Hebrews 11:5. All the great characters of faith have stood on this Rock. Hebrews 11:5-27; 2 Timothy 4:6-8. On this Rock we have been standing, and all is well with the soul.
- He is the “Rock of Ages” in the present. He is the solid foundation for life (Matthew 7:24-27); the family (Ephesians 5:23- 6:1); and religion (Matthew 16:18).
- He is the “Rock of Ages” for the future (Romans 8:35-39). No matter what beats upon us: persecution; sickness, pain, disappointment, or the crossing of old Jordan (Psalms 23).
Thus we have a fine Old Testament hymn that is worthy of our committing to memory because of the comfort and blessing it brings to our lives even today.