Devotional Thoughts Based on the Glory to God Hymnal
The good news that echoes throughout the biblical book of Isaiah is that even in the midst of uncertain times, God’s rule will prevail. Isaiah often implores God’s people to look toward the future with hope. As early as chapter 2 we begin our anticipation of God’s promise:
2 In days to come
the mountain of the Lord’s house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be raised above the hills;
all the nations shall stream to it.
3 Many peoples shall come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob;
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4 He shall judge between the nations,
and shall arbitrate for many peoples;
they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.
Even though we live in what would have been the future for Isaiah’s original audience, we still long for the day when God’s rule is complete and obvious. The editors of the Glory to God Hymnal mention a connection between Isaiah chapter 2 and hymn 268 Crown Him with Many Crowns.
In any age, the praise of the Lord of Love and Peace can flow from the lips of God’s children.
I do crown Jesus, the Lord of Years, the potentate of time, Creator of the rolling spheres, ineffably sublime. I hail, my hail Redeemer hail! For Thou hast died for me, my praise will never fail, throughout eternity. Amen.