-The presence (paniym-face) of God is a key reiteration thematically here at the beginning of this chapter. Verses one, two, and three all end in God’s presence sought out with mountains and nations quaking and trembling. The plea is for the LORD to come down from out of heaven to visit on behalf of His people to make His Name known to His adversaries. He is the God unexpected awesome deeds of the past, present, and future. He acts in behalf of the one (or ones) who wait for Him. He meets with the person who rejoices in doing right and remembers to follow the ways of God (Isaiah 64:4-5a). *Application* How much do we desire to abide in the presence (face, union) of God our Father. This takes time and often complete solitude due to the many distractions of our world. Practice His presence, the reward is gratifying! Soak in His Spirit.
-God’s anger reenters as a theme as the chapter progresses. His irritation is justified because of the sins of His people for a continued-long time. There is a question as to even the possibility of being saved at this point because of the uncleanness and filth and withering of all who have taken them away from the presence of the LORD. “There is no one who calls on Your Name, who arouses himself to take hold of You; for You have hidden Your face (presence) from us and have delivered us into the power of our iniquities (Isaiah 64:5b-7).” *Application* How many of us know that our rebellion, iniquities, sins, and transgressions have power? This is intriguing to think about. This power is antithetical to the will of God and comes against our very Maker by our own pride and self-determination. This power will never usurp God’s authority, but it is strong in working the will of the enemy, and we should never take this lightly. God certainly never takes it lightly, which is why He can rightfully get very angry with us over the issue of sin.
-For the reason listed in the previous paragraph, Isaiah takes time to echo the fact that He is Potter and we are simply the clay. God is our Sovereign. We are the work of His hand. The supplication by the prophet begs for mercy on behalf of the Jewish people, which have been decimated by His judgments. The request is for restraint by the LORD and for Him to show up again in power to redeem before they are destroyed (Isaiah 64:8-12). This stanza highlights the need for obedience and surrender to the King of kings. *Application* How blessed is the person who walks in the way of the LORD, who follows His lead, and does not rebel against His will and plan (Psalm 18:30). Let God mold you into His image (Romans 8:29).
Verses to Memorize: Isaiah 64:4, 8