Isaiah 26:1-6: He sets up salvation as walls and ramparts
Isaiah 26:1-6 Amplified Bible Song of Trust in God’s Protection 26 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: “We have a strong city; He sets up salvation as walls and ramparts. 2 “Open the gates, that the righteous nation may enter, The one that [a]remains faithful and trustworthy. 3 “You will keep in [b]perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both [c]inclination and character], Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation]. 4 “Trust [confidently] in the Lord forever [He is your fortress, your shield, your banner], For the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages]. 5 “For He has thrown down the [arrogant] ones who dwell on high, the lofty and inaccessible city; He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He hurls it to the dust. 6 “The foot will trample it, Even the feet of the suffering, and the steps of the helpless.”
Isaiah now speaks of a song that will be sung by those of Israel. The Lord has previously spoken of how He will deal with the wicked nations and their cities. That He will bring them to nothing. But here the song speaks of the mighty and secure city that God will raise up. It will be ruled by the Messiah Himself and He shall rule from the throne of King David in Jerusalem. God speaks of things as if they have already taken place because they are solely dependent on His power and His might. His will is sovereign and therefore it means that He is in control and it will come to pass regardless of what the wicked try to do.
It speaks of a strong city whose walls and bulwarks are salvation. This city will be well protected, guarded, and ultimately will stand against any attack because God will rule from within. When the Messiah rules and reigns upon the earth there will be no fear and there will be no tears. He shall rule with a rod of iron. God calls us to trust Him today because His promises are sure and He is always faithful. We live in a time in which it seems the wicked prosper, but there is an appointed hour in which all things shall be dealt with rightly and the Messiah shall take His place of Lordship upon the earth. This city will be a mighty fortress because God Himself shall be in charge.
The call is for the gates to be open because there is no fear of an outside threat. The walls and bulwarks of the city of Zion are salvation. The gates are open to the righteous. It is open to those who are faithful and trustworthy. It is important to understand that God calls us to live for Him. We must be willing to lay down our own wants and desires. We must be willing to lay down our will for His. Those who will be able to enter in will not only be the remnant of the Jews, but it will be all those throughout the nations who have been faithful and trustworthy to the Lord Almighty. Sadly, because some have truly cheapened and compromised the message of the gospel some fail to believe that God calls us to live for Him every moment of every day.
Those who trust in the Lord and fix their thoughts upon Him will be kept in perfect peace. It is a peace that is only found in right relationship with God. The peace of God is beyond all human understanding (Phil 4:7). It is a supernatural peace that is present in the midst of trouble or storm. Those who trust in the Lord and lean not on their own understanding will encounter and experience this peace. Experiencing the peace of God is born out of building our lives upon the promises and truth of God’s word. Not focusing on the circumstances that surround us. But focusing on God alone. Understanding that He alone is firmly in control. He controls every breath and every heartbeat. He holds all things together by His mighty power (Col 1:17). He holds every molecule, every proton, every neutron, and every electron together. Nothing can exist and continue to exist without God allowing it.
We can trust confidently in God because He is our everlasting strength and He is an everlasting rock. He is a sure foundation on which we can build our lives. Faith is trust in the Living God. We cannot see Him, but we can see the effects of His work in our lives, in the world, and throughout the course of History. In His word He has revealed Himself and He has shown time and again His faithfulness in the lives of those He has called. Isaiah’s message to the nation of Israel is to trust the Lord. To place their hope in the Living God. Not to trust in the wicked and foreign nations. But God is faithful. We can trust in the Lord because when God speaks and gives a promise, He is faithful to do that which He has promised. God never speaks flippantly and therefore no matter what we see or what our mind tells us, we can simply trust the Lord.
The wicked are filled with arrogance and pride. They often would position themselves at the highest point to have the high ground in battle and combat. Because of this they trusted in the walls that surrounded them and in their physical position. But it doesn’t matter with the Living God. For God will bring them down. He will humble them. He will bring them down to the dust.
The wicked bring destruction on themselves. God has given man freewill and God has revealed the glory of who He is in what He has created. Creation itself speaks and reveals the glory of God. Man is without excuse. The wicked suppress this knowledge and therefore their minds are darkened and they are without understanding. God shows Israel the foolishness of trusting in foreign nations. If God will bring them down to the dust and grind them as powder, why would Israel abandon faith in the Living God.
The wicked often take advantage of the poor and the needy. But the justice of God is perfect and His timing is perfect. When the justice of God is poured out, those who are taken advantage of will rise up victoriously. It says that the wicked city is trampled down by the foot of the very owns who were oppressed and taken advantage of. How God ultimately deals with Satan and how God ultimately deals with the wicked is that He takes the very schemes they trust in to destroy and God turns it around for His purpose and His glory. A perfect example is Haman being hung on the gallows he erected to destroy the Jews on his own property and in the end.
When we trust in the Lord we have nothing to fear. Yes it seems the wicked prosper and are not held accountable. It seems they even control the courts and judgements that are being made. But we must remember that life is built on seasons. Every season has a beginning and an end. The wicked prosper for a short period of time, but during that time the Living God gives them time to repent. But in the end they are destroyed by their own schemes and the very ones they were taking advantage of tramples all over what they have established. In the end the Living God will always have the final word. This is why we can continue to trust and pray and don’t need God to tell us everything He is doing. In the end He will simply have His way. True peace is found in fixing our eyes upon Jesus Christ and trusting Him one step at a time.