-“In that day” the land of Judah will sing the song of a strong city in security and righteousness. “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You (Isaiah 26:3).” The song continues imploring trust in the LORD forever for He is the Everlasting Rock. He has brought low those who dwell in lofty places. The way of the righteous are smooth and the upright One makes the path of the righteous level (Isaiah 26:7). The righteous wait eagerly for the LORD; His Name and His memory of all His great works is the desire of the righteous ones’ souls (Isaiah 26:8). Longing for God is described as the highest benefit with diligent seeking. When the earth experiences God’s judgments, the inhabitants of the world should learn righteousness (Isaiah 26:9). Here we see God’s purpose in correction. But, “Though the wicked is shown favor, he does not learn righteous; he deals unjustly in the land of uprightness, and does not perceive the majesty of the LORD (Isaiah 26:10).” The wicked do not see God’s Hand in Divine judgment and are put to shame. They, the enemies of God, will be devoured by fire, but the LORD’s people will have peace established for them by the performing of all His great works (Isaiah 26:11-12). Through His power alone we are able to confess His Name and be set free from the former rulers over us that were in unrighteousness (Isaiah 26:13).
-The deceased from the earth are elaborated on in the verses from fourteen to nineteen. The spiritually dead will not live in His Kingdom. They will not rise, they will be punished, and they will be destroyed. All remembrance of them will be wiped out. On the other hand in God’s Kingdom, He is glorified, and His borders are extended. The ones who sought Him in distress only whispering in their prayers for their chastisement and pain in labor will live and their corpses will rise. They will wake from the dust and shout for joy, and the earth will give new birth to the departed spirits that are in the LORD (Jesus Christ, 1 Corinthians 15). Though they are told to hide for a little while “until indignation runs its course, the LORD is about to come out from His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; and the earth will reveal her bloodshed and will no longer cover her slain (Isaiah 26:20-21).” *Application* We can expect resurrection in Christ Jesus by our simple faith in His promise (John 3:16). Difficult times will come about in this world because of the curse of sin, but God is redeeming all things for His glory and the faithful’s benefit. Wait on the LORD (Isaiah 40:31)!
Verse to Memorize: Isaiah 26:3