LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress. At the uproar of your army, the peoples flee; when you rise up, the nations scatter. Your plunder, O nations, is harvested as by young locusts; like a swarm of locusts people pounce on it. The LORD is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with his justice and righteousness. He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure. Isaiah 33:2-6
The preaching of Isaiah contains both the prophecies of defeat and captivity, but also reconciliation for the nation and return to their land. The first verse of today’s scriptures is a cry that every believer could cry out at some point in his life. Lord be gracious to me, I long for you. Be my strength every morning, and my salvation in time of distress.