Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
We can keep His truth and we begin by waiting on God with great hope.
Open the gates, that the righteous nation which keeps the truth may enter in. You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because He trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, for YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength. (Isaiah 26:2-4, NKJV, emphasis added)
Open the gates. The prayer of the waiting disciple is for God to open the gates of His courts so that he can approach the Lord. The first step to being lead to God’s truth is to ask for it. Isaiah asked for it and this is to be our prayer as well. We can come boldly before the throne of the Lord God because of the finished work of the Cross through our High Priest, Jesus our Lord (Hebrews 4:14-16).
Keeps the truth. Keep in this passage is the same Hebrew word we studied before to watch, and to guard. The truth we have seen is valuable and is to be a treasured possession. We can keep the truth, but it takes some action on our part to do so. We must submit to the working of the Holy Spirit moment by moment to keep God’s truth. As we wait upon the Lord we learn how to submit and desire His truth and how to keep it.
May enter in. The keeper of truth is allowed access to the Father. What a wonderful lesson it is to learn that the only effort on our part is to submit – God does all the work through the Holy Spirit that indwells us! We can enter in and behold the blessed truth of our Creator and Lover of our souls.
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You. Perfect peace is a promise I desire daily. The world does not have it, but the King does. Because we don’t understand the operation of the kingdom as a form of government we have a hard time grasping the role of a king. The king’s role is to protect and to provide and our King does abundantly (John 10:10). Stayed in the Hebrew is a verb meaning to lay on, to uphold, and to sustain in a long duration of time. Isaiah is describing a person with the character that continually comes, moment by moment, day after day before the King and is granted peace time and time again. This coming before the King is the act of waiting on God with hope.
Trust in the LORD forever. From continuance to forever there is not much difference. The picture is we trust in God forever and ever. It begins now in waiting and will culminate in continued worship of the King through eternity (Revelation 4:9, 5:13, and 7:12; Psalm 30:12 and 104:31; Matthew 6:13; Romans 11:36; 1 Timothy 1:17; and 1 Peter 5:11). Trust in the Hebrew means to have faith, to be confident. It expresses the feeling of safety and security that is felt when one can rely on someone or something else. It is used to show trust in God in this passage. We can trust the Lord and we learn to do so with our waiting on Him with great hope.
For YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength. The great I AM (Exodus 3:14 and 6:2-3; and John 6:35, 41, 48, and 51; 8:12, 18, 21, 23, 24, 28, and 58; 9:5; 10:7, 9, 11, 14, and 36; 11:25; 13:13; 14:6; 15:1, 5; and 18:6, 8) is everlasting strength, and because we are His possession (1 Corinthians 6:20 and 7:23; and 2 Peter 2:1) we have access to that strength (2 Corinthians 12:9 and Revelation 5:12). We never go without because we have a strong Master (Malachi 1:6; Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 4:11; and 2 Timothy 2:21) and our identity is in Him (Romans 8). What an amazing thing it is to be the King’s kid (John 1:12 and 11:52; Romans 8:16, 21; Philippians 2:15; and 1 John 3:1-2, 10 and 5:2). Remember that as you continue to wait on God with hope.
Make Isaiah’s prayer your prayer for today. Look up the passages cited and prayerfully wait upon our Master and King, the Lord Jesus Christ with all hope.