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Waiting on God View video
Isaiah 26:8 - 26:21
8. Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.
9. My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.
10. Though grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and regard not the majesty of the LORD.
11. O LORD, your hand is lifted high, but they do not see it. Let them see your zeal for your people and be put to shame; let the fire reserved for your enemies consume them.
12. LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.
13. O LORD, our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us, but your name alone do we honor.
14. They are now dead, they live no more; those departed spirits do not rise. You punished them and brought them to ruin; you wiped out all memory of them.
15. You have enlarged the nation, O LORD; you have enlarged the nation. You have gained glory for yourself; you have extended all the borders of the land.
16. LORD, they came to you in their distress; when you disciplined them, they could barely whisper a prayer.
17. As a woman with child and about to give birth writhes and cries out in her pain, so were we in your presence, O LORD.
18. We were with child, we writhed in pain, but we gave birth to wind. We have not brought salvation to the earth; we have not given birth to people of the world.
19. But your dead will live; their bodies will rise. You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy. Your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead.
20. Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by.
21. See, the LORD is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins. The earth will disclose the blood shed upon her; she will conceal her slain no longer.
Reflection
Yearning for the LORD (26:8–11)
These verses describe a patient waiting and desperate yearning for the LORD. This yearning is a deep desire that clutches the hearts of God’s people as they watch and wait for Him to move according to His divine will. They trust and pray that God will one day reveal His righteousness and justice to the world by judging the wicked and demonstrating His passion for His people. In this song of praise, Isaiah also looks forward to a time when the hearts of God’s people will perfectly align with His desires. They will walk in His ways, love righteousness, and seek His name and renown. It is a song we can pray over ourselves today as we ask God to transform and sanctify our hearts.

The LORD Establishes Peace (26:12–21)
When life does not go as we had hoped, we find it hard to accept God’s purposes for us. Our view of God’s goodness is challenged, and our doubts hit us like a ton of bricks, threatening everything we thought to be true about God. When our faith is shaken like this, there is nothing that steadies us better than simply remembering what Scripture says about who God is. He is the One who gives us peace; He is the Lord of lords; He will one day judge the sins of the world; and He is able to give life to the dead. We might be tempted to envy rich and powerful people who seem to live easy lives of comfort and prosperity, but without God, they are nothing. His is the only name worthy of honor.
Application
- What does your soul yearn for? What spiritual disciplines might help you to desire God more and seek His will over your own?

- What are some doubts you have about God? As you meditate on this passage, ask God to teach you about His unchanging character and His unfailing love for you.
A Letter to God
Father, You established the foundations of the earth and time is in Your hands. You give grace to us all and lovingly unfold Your will in our lives. Give me insight and courage for this day. May I yearn for You and the day I will see You face to face. In Jesus’ name. Amen.