Isaiah 26:3, 4

  1. 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.
  2. 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.”

  1. The Promise.  “Perfect peace.”   Peace, peace, complete peace.
  2. The Power.  “Thou wilt,” this is a divine provision.  Psalm 121:4
  3. The Protection.  “keep him,” guard, shelter.  2 Timothy 1:12

“Whose mind is stayed on Thee.”

  1. This requires a heavenly heart. Colossians 3:1-3
  2. This requires a holy heart. 1 Peter 3:15; Romans 8:6
  3. This requires a holding heart. Psalm 112:7;  57:7

“Because he trusteth in Thee.”

  1. The condition is “faith.” Trust. Hebrews 11:1, 6
  2. The confidence is full “in Thee,” in Thee alone. Acts 4:12
  3. 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.”

  1. Never give up. This is perseverance. 1 Corinthians 15:58
  2. Always look up. This is prayerfulness.  1 Thessalonians 5:16
  3. Expect to go up. This is purification.  1 John 3:2, 3

“For The LORD Jehovah is everlasting strength.”

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.