Isaiah 25 has the prophet praising God. He’s finished giving a series of judgments that God has determined and now changes focus to God’s goodness. “O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure”. Knowing that the Lord – the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God revealed in and by Jesus Christ – is our God makes us want to praise Him. And this is a choice. The words “I will” makes that clear. Praising God is something we choose to do!
The reality is that all people will eventually praise God. Scripture tells us ‘every knee will bow and tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord’. It will be something all will do. “Therefore strong peoples will glorify you; cities of ruthless nations will fear you”. Strong or weak, nice or ruthless, God is God of all and everyone will eventually come to that understanding. What’s the foundation of that praise going to be? For some, it will be God’s power and strength and the way He shows His sovereignty.
But to some, it will be because of His love. “For you have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat; for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall, like heat in a dry place. You subdue the noise of the foreigners; as heat by the shade of a cloud, so the song of the ruthless is put down”. God is a God of love. He protects the weak and is a stronghold for the poor. We need to be sure we don’t take God for granted when His character and goodness flows to us.
Isaiah paints a picture of what God’s ultimate outcome for us will be. “He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken”. As Christ Followers, when we move from this life to eternal life with God, we’re going to have a pretty good gig. Death will be done, and God will take away our tears and make us pure by removing our sin through the blood of our Savior. He’s already prepared the way. Great things are ahead for those of us who walk with Jesus!