King James Version
Praise to the Lord
1 O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
2 For thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.
3 Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee.
4 For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
5 Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low.
6 And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.
7 And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.
8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.
9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
10 For in this mountain shall the hand of the LORD rest, and Moab shall be trodden down under him, even as straw is trodden down for the dunghill.
11 And he shall spread forth his hands in the midst of them, as he that swimmeth spreadeth forth his hands to swim: and he shall bring down their pride together with the spoils of their hands.
12 And the fortress of the high fort of thy walls shall he bring down, lay low, and bring to the ground, even to the dust.1
1-5 However this might
show the deliverance of the Jews out of captivity, it looked
further, to the praises that should be offered up to God for
Christ's victories over our spiritual enemies, and the comforts he
has provided for all believers. True faith simply credits the Lord's
testimony, and relies on his truth to perform his promises. As God
weakens the strong who are proud and secure, so he strengthens the
weak that are humble, and stay themselves upon him. God protects his
people in all weathers. The Lord shelters those who trust in him
from the insolence of oppressors. Their insolence is but the noise
of strangers; it is like the heat of the sun scorching in the middle
of the day; but where is it when the sun is set? The Lord ever was,
and ever will be, the Refuge of distressed believers. Having
provided them a shelter, he teaches them to flee unto it.
6-8 The kind reception of repentant sinners, is often in the
New Testament likened to a feast. The guests invited are all people,
Gentiles as well as Jews. There is that in the gospel which
strengthens and makes glad the heart, and is fit for those who are
under convictions of sin, and mourning for it. There is a veil
spread over all nations, for all sat in darkness. But this veil the
Lord will destroy, by the light of his gospel shining in the world,
and the power of his Spirit opening men's eyes to receive it. He
will raise those to spiritual life who were long dead in trespasses
and sins. Christ will himself, in his resurrection, triumph over
death. Grief shall be banished; there shall be perfect and endless
joy. Those that mourn for sin shall be comforted. Those who suffer
for Christ shall have consolations. But in the joys of heaven, and
not short of them, will fully be brought to pass this saying, God
shall wipe away all tears. The hope of this should now do away
over-sorrow, all weeping that hinders sowing. Sometimes, in this
world God takes away the reproach of his people from among men;
however, it will be done fully at the great day. Let us patiently
bear sorrow and shame now; both will be done away shortly.
9-12 With joy and praise will those entertain the glad
tidings of the Redeemer, who looked for him; and with a triumphant
song will glorified saints enter into the joy of their Lord. And it
is not in vain to wait for him; for the mercy comes at last, with
abundant recompence for the delay. The hands once stretched out upon
the cross, to make way for our salvation, will at length be
stretched forth to destroy all impenitent sinners. Moab is here put
for all adversaries of God's people; they shall all be trodden down
or threshed. God shall bring down the pride of the enemies by one
humbling judgment after another. This destruction of Moab is typical
of Christ's victory, and the pulling down of Satan's strong holds.
Therefore, beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always
abounding in the work of the Lord; for your labour is not in vain in
References and notes
1. King James Authorized Version
Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible
When God wipes away the tears - http://www.abideinchrist.com/messages/isa25v8.html