I S A I A H.
In this chapter we have, I. God coming towards his
people in ways of mercy and deliverance, and this is to be joined
to the close of the foregoing chapter, where it was said to Zion,
"Behold, thy salvation comes;" for here it is shown how it comes,
ver. 1-6. II. God's
people meeting him with their devotions, and addressing themselves
to him with suitable affections; and this part of the chapter is
carried on to the close of the next. In this we have, 1. A thankful
acknowledgment of the great favours God had bestowed upon them,
ver. 7. 2. The magnifying
of these favours, from the consideration of God's relation to them
(ver. 8), his compassionate
concern for them (ver. 9),
their unworthiness (ver.
10), and the occasion which it gave both him and them to
call to mind former mercies, ver.
11-14. 3. A very humble and earnest prayer to God to
appear for them in their present distress, pleading God's mercy
(ver. 15), their relation
to him (ver. 16), their
desire towards him (ver.
17), and the insolence of their enemies, ver. 18, 19. So that, upon the
whole, we learn to embrace God's promises with an active faith, and
then to improve them, and make use of them, both in prayers and