O Lord, be gracious to us; we wait for you.
Be our arm every morning,
our salvation in the time of trouble.
At the tumultuous noise peoples flee;
when you lift yourself up, nations are scattered,
and your spoil is gathered as the caterpillar gathers;
as locusts leap, it is leapt upon.
The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high;
he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness,
and he will be the stability of your times,
abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge;
the fear of the Lord is Zion’s treasure. —Isaiah 33:2-6
God’s people had looked for help everywhere other than God. To alliances with other nations, to Egypt, to themselves and their armies and walls. Now, in light of the Assyrian threat, they look to the LORD, and cry out, “O LORD, be gracious to us.” They say: we will wait for YOU, we will trust in YOU, we will look to YOUR arm, to YOUR strength every morning. Look at verse 3: it appears that they are voicing a confident expectation that GOD will indeed be their salvation in the time of trouble (v2)
During this tough time, as difficult as it was, the people were humbled, brought low. It was in this time that they saw God for who He really is. Because they have been brought low, they see that the LORD is exalted.
He will fill Zion with justice and righteousness: God’s people pray this in anticipation of the answer. They know that the answer may not be exactly what they want, but God will be just and righteous, no matter what happens.
Then comes a phrase to underline in your Bible: He will be the STABILITY of your times! There is nothing like reading the newspaper or watching the news to bring on the reality that we live in an unstable world: war, crisis, chaos, terrorism – instability in our economical or political systems – the tearing apart of families. Headlines induce fear. War, recession, bombings, plane crashes, H1N1, natural disasters, famine, people losing their lives and jobs. We live with new challenges that daily test our faith. Where do you turn for comfort? There is a treasure of wisdom, knowledge and salvation found in one place only: GOD
Verse 6 says the fear of the LORD is a treasure! Honor, respect, and reverence towards the LORD is His treasure. It is a gift from God, not so we will tremble in fear, but so we will rightly honor and respect Him.