In Isaiah 49:15–50:3, we hear Yahweh give 4 promises in
response to Zion's lament (v. 14) that prove they will not
be put to shame if they wait on Him (v. 23c).
I. Though you fear being forgotten, I will never
forget you (49:15–16).
II. Though you fear being forsaken, I will bless you
with many grandchildren …
A. who will adorn you as a bride (49:17–18),
B. who will overflow your devastated land
C. who will surprise you with their presence
D. who will be delivered by your enemies
III. Though you fear being overpowered, I will
overpower your oppressors (49:24–26).
IV. Though you fear being divorced and your children
sold into slavery for your sin, I will redeem you
through my power (50:1–3).
One of the battles the people of God constantly face is that of having a fickle and frail heart. We often know what's true, but our hearts grow cold, we grow weak in our faith, or we simply forget to bring to mind all that God has said in His Word. For David, he was no exception to that general rule. He is a man likewise given to a failing and faltering heart amidst his difficulties. However, he remembers the truth of God's grace to him, and vows once more to sing God's praises. As we look to this psalm for today then, it is my hope that we would be a people who are reminded of these simple, yet profound truths once more, and give God praise.
In earnest and earthy language, Paul sets himself up as an example of a man upon whom Christ has laid hold; a man who knows he has not already attained, is not already perfected, and has not yet laid hold of that for which Christ has laid hold on him; as a man who—forgetting what is behind and stretching forward to what is ahead—presses on to lay hold of the goal; and, as a man who pursues with all his heart the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
God warns His people to not forget Him and keeping His commandments so they don't die with the world. Don't forget all that God has done for you. Don't forget to completely trust God Himself for all things. Don't forget to walk with the Lord Jesus. Don't forget that to walk with the world's gods is to lose and lack life itself. Don't Forget How to Walk and Die Outside of Jesus.
....aren't we all prone to stray and wander from God?
That is why we have constant need of being led by God!
The Lord Jesus knew this about His disciples, and He knows
it about us, that why He taught us to pray…. "LEAD US NOT
into temptation but deliver us from evil"; deliver me from
the evil one's objective to ruin me, but also, deliver me
from the evil that lurks within my own heart, keep me from
wandering from the truth and from my faith in Christ! Let
not even the slightest sin be conceived in my heart
regarding my thoughts of God!
How can I make sure that my thoughts about God are right
thoughts? BY BEING LED by God in His Holy Word!