Question: Have you ever been distressed? In need… anxious for something physical, mental, emotional or even spiritual? I have. Have you ever experienced self-pity? Yup, poor me, shamed and wronged.. no word just tears down my cheeks or tearing a hole in my heart.
Isaiah 25 is a praise psalm highlighting the attributes of God. It is my first close reading of this wonderful chapter. These past 2 weeks at BSF (Bible Study Fellowship), we studied an overview of Isaiah – a background into the time when Israel was experiencing God’s judgement and yet given ‘certain’ hope as their God is still graciously extending mercy. This worship song speaks to me of God’s faithfulness, provision, and sovereignty. He is almighty, praise-worthy and trust-worthy. Two verses stood out for me.
God of Refuge v. 4
You have been a refuge for the poor,
a refuge for the needy in their distress,
a shelter from the storm
and a shade from the heat.
A song comes to mind: My Hiding Place. God is a refuge for the poor and the needy. More than just physical needs, He satisfies the longings of my soul – a desire for rest, peace and comfort. A refuge is a hiding place, a shelter from the hot sun, the cold wind and storms of life. God is my hiding place.
You are my hiding place
You always fill my heart
With songs of deliverance
Whenever I am afraid
I will trust in You
I will trust in You
Let the weak say
I am strong
In the strength of the Lord.
Songwriters: Carol Cymbala
You Are My Hiding Place lyrics © Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publ., Cccm Music, Carol Joy Music, Word Music,
God of Comfort v. 8
The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces;
he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth.
God did not promise his children that life would be a bed of roses when they trust and obey. He promised to be with them through the dark valley of life. When I had cancer, He walked with me all the way. When I felt sad, He was my comfort. He vindicates me and wipes away my tears. To vindicate is to clear someone of blame or shame. I remember the times when I was shamed and felt so wronged, God wiped away my tears – shed or not, seen or not. His comfort is always sure and right on time.