The love of Yahweh (Isa 54:7-54:8)

“‘For a brief moment,

I abandoned you.

But with great compassion,

I will gather you.

In overflowing wrath,

For a moment,

I hid my face from you.

But with everlasting love,

I will have compassion on you.’

Says Yahweh,

Your Redeemer.”

Second Isaiah shows that God did abandon Israel for a brief moment due to his overflowing wrath. However, Yahweh, the Redeemer, will now gather them back together. Although he had hid his face from Israel, he still had an everlasting love and compassion for them.

The praise of Yahweh (2 Chr 20:20-20:21)

“They rose early in the morning. They went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. As they went out, King Jehoshaphat stood and said.

‘Listen to me.

O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem!

Believe in Yahweh your God,

Thus you will be established.

Believe his prophets.’

When he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to Yahweh and praise him in holy splendor. They went before the army, saying.

‘Give thanks to Yahweh,

For his steadfast love endures forever.’”

Once again we have a beautiful prayer to Yahweh. King Jehoshaphat reminds the people of Judah and Jerusalem to believe and trust in Yahweh. They had to believe in his prophets. He appointed Levites to sing, which they did with the lovely refrain that the steadfast love of Yahweh endures forever. They gave thanks for the everlasting love of God.

The song of the creator (1 Chr 16:28-16:34)

“Ascribe to Yahweh,

O families of the peoples,

Ascribe to Yahweh glory and strength!

Ascribe to Yahweh the glory due his name!

Bring an offering, and come before him!

Worship Yahweh in holy splendor!

Tremble before him, all the earth!

The world is firmly established.

The world shall never be moved.

Let the heavens be glad!

Let the earth rejoice!

Let them say among the nations, ‘Yahweh is king!’

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it!

Let the field exult, and everything in it!

Then shall the trees of the wood sing for joy

Before Yahweh, for he comes to judge the earth.

O give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good!

For his steadfast love endures forever!”

This song or psalm follows Psalm 96, verses 7-13. Yahweh is glorious and strong. We should bring an offering and worship his glory and splendor. We tremble before him. All the earth trembles before him. Yahweh has established the world that will not be moved. We should all rejoice both heaven and earth. We should proclaim to all the nations that Yahweh is king. He rules the sea, the fields, and the trees. He will come to judge the earth. We give thanks to Yahweh, because he is good. His love lasts forever. This last verse is from Psalm 106, about the everlasting love of God.