“Emmanuel,” Norman Hutchins
“I Just Can’t Stop Praising His Name,” Keith Pringle
“I Told The Storm,” Greg O’Quin ‘N Joyful Noize
“Invitation To The Thirsty,” cont’d, Isaiah 55:6) SEEK YE THE LORD WHILE HE MAY BE FOUND, CALL YE UPON HIM WHILE HE IS NEAR: Hebrew 3:13. 7) Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him Return Unto The Lord, And HE Will Have Mercy Upon him; And To Our God, For HE Will Abundantly Pardon. 8) For My Thoughts Are Not Your Thoughts, Neither Are Your Ways My Ways, Saith The Lord. 9) For As The Heavens Are Higher Than The Earth, So Are My Ways Higher Than Your Ways, And My Thoughts Than Your Thoughts. 10) For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from Heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater. 11) So Shall My Word Be That Goeth Forth Out Of My Mouth: It Shall Not Return Unto Me Void, But, It Shall Accomplish That Which I Please, And It Shall Prosper In The Thing Whereto I sent It. 12) For ye shall go out with Joy, and be led forth with Peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13) Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: And It Shall Be To The Lord For A Name, For An Everlasting Sign That Shall Not Be Cut Off.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v6, 7, To Seek The Lord Is To Seek His Word (Amos 5:6, 14; Acts 17:27). v8, 9, God’s Gracious Thoughts Exceed All Human Imagination (64:4; Romans 11;33; 1 Corinthians 2:9; Ephesians 3:20). No Man Can Fathom The Depths Of His Wisdom. v10, 11, God’s Word Like Rainfall Produces Fruit (Psalm 147:15-20). Just as water enlivens a withering rose, God’s Word Produces Life In The Hearts Of Sinners. v12, The Singing Of The Elements Of Creation Is A Way Of Describing The Singing Of God’s People. The Rejoicing Of The People At The Lord’s Salvation Will Be So Full That It Will Seem That Mountains, Hills, And Trees Join In The Chorus And Applause (14:7, 8; 44:23). v13, Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree: This Symbolizes The Replacement Of Judgment With Salvation. Everlasting Sign recalls the rainbow after the Flood. (19:20; Genesis 9:8-17).
Quest Study Bible – v11, “My Word,” During Isaiah’s Lifetime, God’s People Primarily Heard The Word Of God Through His Prophets–An Oral Word. After The Exile, They Came To Think More And More Of The Written Word Of The Lord, The Scriptures. Thus, They Became Known As The People Of “The Book.” v11, “In What Sense Does God’s Word Not Fail—Even When People Reject It?” Like a sovereign king in an ancient culture, The Lord Can Achieve His Purposes By Issuing Decrees And Giving Orders. His Plans Are Mysterious To Human Beings, Too High For Us To Understand (v. 9). It Stands To Reason Then That God Does Not Need Human Beings To Accomplish His Purpose. His Word Alone Is Enough. v13, “How will nature Praise God?” This may be figurative language to describe the breadth Of The New Order That God Will Create. Chapter 54 Speaks Of God’s People Being Restored. Chapter 55 Is Broader In Scope, Encompassing All Of Creation. The fallen world, trapped under the curse of human sin, will be set free–no more thorns or briers (Genesis 3:17-18; Romans 8:19-20). Even Now, Nature Testifies To The Glory Of God (Psalm 19:1), But Nothing Like What Will Take Place In The New World.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v6-13, Here Is A Gracious Offer Of Pardon, And Peace, And Of All Happiness. It shall Not Be In Vain To Seek God, Now His Word Is Calling To Us, And His Spirit Is Striving With Us. But There Is A Day Coming When He Will Not Be Found. There May Come Such A Time In This Life; It Is Certain That At Death And Judgment The Door Will Be Shut. There Must Be Not Only A Change Of The Way, But A Change Of The Mind. We Must Alter Our Judgments About Persons And Things. IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO BREAK OFF FROM EVIL PRACTICES, WE MUST STRIVE AGAINST EVIL THOUGHTS. TO REPENT IS TO RETURN TO OUR LORD, AGAINST WHOM WE HAVE REBELLED. If We Do So, God Will Multiply To Pardon, As We Have Multiplied To Offend. But Let None Trifle With (Treat With Disrespect) This Plenteous Mercy , Or Use It As An Occasion To Sin. Men’s Thoughts Concerning Sin, Christ, And Holiness, Concerning This Would And The Other, Vastly Differ From God’s; But (Only) In The Matter Of Pardon. We Forgive, And Cannot Forget, BUT WHEN GOD FORGIVES SIN, HE REMEMBERS IT NO MORE. THE POWER OF HIS WORD IN THE KINGDOMS OF PROVIDENCE (HIS DIVINE WILL) AND GRACE, IS AS CERTAIN AS IN THAT OF NATURE. Sacred Truth Produces A Spiritual Change In The Mind Of Men. It Shall Not Return To The Lord Without Producing Important Effects. IF WE TAKE A SPECIAL VIEW OF THE CHURCH, WE SHALL FIND WHAT GREAT THINGS GOD HAS DONE, AND WILL DO FOR IT. The Jews Shall Come To Their Own Land, This Shall Represent The Blessings Promised. Gospel Grace Will make A Great Change In men. Delivered From The Wrath To Come, The Converted Sinner Finds Peace In his Conscience, And Love Constrains Him To Devote himself TO THE SERVICE OF HIS REDEEMER. Instead Of Being Profane, Contentious (Quarrelsome), Selfish, Or Sensual, Behold Him Patient, Humble, Kind, And Peaceable. The Hope Of Helping In Such A Work Should Urge Us To Spread The Gospel Of Salvation. And Do Thou Help Us, O Spirit Of All Truth, To Have Such Views Of The Fullness, Freeness, And Greatness Of THE RICH MERCY IN CHRIST, AS MAY REMOVE FROM US ALL NARROW VIEWS OF SOVEREIGN GRACE. Amen.