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Quiet Time in Isaiah 51

Updated: Mar 16, 2022

Isaiah 51 (HCSB)

Salvation for Zion

1 Listen to Me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord:

Look to the rock from which you were cut, and to the quarry from which you were dug.

2 Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who gave birth to you in pain. When I called him, he was only one; I blessed him and made him many.

3 For the Lord will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places, and He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and melodious song.

4 Pay attention to Me, My people, and listen to Me, My nation; for instruction will come from Me, and My justice for a light to the nations. I will bring it about quickly.

5 My righteousness is near, My salvation appears, and My arms will bring justice to the nations. The coastlands will put their hope in Me, and they will look to My strength.

6 Look up to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and its inhabitants will die like gnats. But My salvation will last forever, and My righteousness will never be shattered.

7 Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, the people in whose heart is My instruction: do not fear disgrace by men, and do not be shattered by their taunts.

8 For the moth will devour them like a garment, and the worm will eat them like wool. But My righteousness will last forever, and My salvation for all generations.

9 Wake up, wake up! Put on the strength of the Lord’s power. Wake up as in days past, as in generations of long ago. Wasn’t it You who hacked Rahab to pieces, who pierced the sea monster?

10 Wasn’t it You who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep, who made the sea-bed into a road for the redeemed to pass over?

11 And the redeemed of the Lord will return and come to Zion with singing, crowned with unending joy. Joy and gladness will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee.

12 I—I am the One who comforts you. Who are you that you should fear man who dies, or a son of man who is given up like grass?

13 But you have forgotten the Lord, your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth. You are in constant dread all day long because of the fury of the oppressor, who has set himself to destroy. But where is the fury of the oppressor?

14 The prisoner is soon to be set free; he will not die and go to the Pit, and his food will not be lacking.

15 For I am Yahweh your God who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—His name is Yahweh of Hosts.

16 I have put My words in your mouth, and covered you in the shadow of My hand, in order to plant the heavens, to found the earth, and to say to Zion, “You are My people.”

17 Wake yourself, wake yourself up! Stand up, Jerusalem, you who have drunk the cup of His fury from the hand of the Lord; you who have drunk the goblet to the dregs—the cup that causes people to stagger.

18 There is no one to guide her among all the children she has raised; there is no one to take hold of her hand among all the offspring she has brought up.

19 These two things have happened to you: devastation and destruction, famine and sword. Who will grieve for you? How can I comfort you?

20 Your children have fainted; they lie at the head of every street like an antelope in a net. They are full of the Lord’s fury, the rebuke of your God.

21 So listen to this, afflicted and drunken one—but not with wine.

22 This is what your Lord says—Yahweh, even your God, who defends His people—“Look, I have removed the cup of staggering from your hand; that goblet, the cup of My fury. You will never drink it again.

23 I will put it into the hands of your tormentors, who said to you:

Lie down, so we can walk over you. You made your back like the ground, and like a street for those who walk on it.


SIN (verses 5, 9): Father, please forgive me for often relying on my own strength to get me through the trials and hardships of this life. Cleanse me of this self-righteousness so that I lean on Your strength in all things as my own strength has proven far too often to be inadequate. Remind me daily, Father, to lean on Your strength and not my own for each day’s challenges and hurdles. Remind me to also do this out of praise and in a way that glorifies You, Father.

PROMISE (verses 12-13): You remind us here, Father, of a promise that You will comfort us. If I receive the comfort You provide and accept it fully, then there is nothing I need to fear on this earth and in this life. Thank You, Father, for comforting me anytime I need/want it, but also in those times I do not know that I need Your comfort.

ATTITUDE (verse 13): You say that many of us are in “dread all day long” because we forget to lean on You. This is often me, Father! Help me to change this forgetful attitude of mine, Father. Help me to embrace a righteous attitude that glorifies Your Kingdom and pours out the fruits of the Spirit daily. Help me to always place You as my first thought daily in all things and not an afterthought, Father.

COMMAND (verses 1, 4, 7, 21): Once again, Father, You purposely repeat Yourself likely for the stubborn people like myself. You have repeatedly commanded to “listen to You.” Such a simple command that I fail at far too often, Father. Help me to be a better listener of the Holy Spirit, of Your word, of Your counsel, and of Your will for me, Father. Help me to keep my ears and mind focused on You and not this world, the enemy, or myself.

EXAMPLE (verses 9, 12-13): There are so many examples You provide to me in Isaiah 51, Father, but these verses spoke to me the loudest. You tell us to live in a way that is focused on and fully embracing of the strength and comfort You provide so that we walk this life fearless and confident through Your righteousness and not our own. Help me to embrace and fully internalize Your strength and comfort daily, Father. Help me to be more like Jesus and less like me.

*DAILY NOTE: Why do I always struggle to remember that You are the best comforter for me, Father? Far too often I try to seek comfort from other people or the things of this life instead of going to You. All of those people and things never truly provide me with true comfort like You do, Father; their comfort is only temporary and usually not satisfying. The comfort You provide is SO much greater than anything I can attain from the people and things in this life. Thank You for always being my comforter, Father, even when I don’t always come to You for that comfort. Thank You for being faithful, consistent, and always there when I reach out to You.

*GENERAL NOTE: I always "sandwich" my quiet time with God in prayer and do it in a location that I will not have any distractions so that I can be focused on my quiet time with God. Do not worry about how short or long your journal entries are for that day's quiet time. Just focus on the actual quiet time and relational conversation with God through the Holy Spirit and His Word. The journaling is an enhancement to your quiet time conversation with God, but also to allow you to reflect on things later as you can look back on your journal entries later when you do the chapters again in the future to see how you have grown. See the FAQ for more detail on how I do my quiet time.

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