Upon your walls, O Jerusalem,
I have posted sentinels;
all day and all night
they shall never be silent.
You who remind the Lord,
take no rest,
and give him no rest
until he establishes Jerusalem
and makes it renowned throughout the earth.
The Lord has sworn by his right hand
and by his mighty arm:
I will not again give your grain
to be food for your enemies,
and foreigners shall not drink the wine
for which you have laboured;
but those who garner it shall eat it
and praise the Lord,
and those who gather it shall drink it
in my holy courts.
Go through, go through the gates,
prepare the way for the people;
build up, build up the highway,
clear it of stones,
lift up an ensign over the peoples.
The Lord has proclaimed
to the end of the earth:
Say to daughter Zion,
‘See, your salvation comes;
his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.’
They shall be called, ‘The Holy People,
The Redeemed of the Lord’;
and you shall be called, ‘Sought Out,
A City Not Forsaken.’
This particular passage brings us into a glimpse of the life of the Israelites. They’re crying out to God to hear them. To listen to their prayer. To remember. And to respond. I am always amazed at their raw honesty in their cries for help. It’s definitely not a sugar-coated plea but very candid and sincere. In the midst of their cries, they aren’t certain that God will respond.
But as Isaiah tells us, it is with a prophetic hope that they believe God is listening, does remember and will answer their prayers. In fact, verse 10 tells us that God will pave the way for them as they seek God’s response.
As we find ourselves in this season of waiting and expectation, we can come honestly and candidly before God, crying out with whatever we carry that is weighing us down. This passage reminds us that just as the people of God called out from the rooftops and believed that God would respond to their cries, we may also believe that as we wait—whatever it is that we are waiting for—we can find hope and are not forsaken.