Yearn for God’s Power and Presence (Isaiah 64:1-12)Pastor Joe Sanders, May 25, 2014
Part of the Isaiah series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
There are many times in Scripture that we are encourage to remember God, his works, his ways. While we tend to wander from God and forget his ways, we often go through seasons of life when God seems far off and distant, like he’s forgotten us somewhere in a dusty bin of half-completed projects. We want to remind God that we are here, that we want him in our lives, that we need his power and presence in our lives. When we get to this point of desperately crying out for him, he again reminds us of our need for forgiveness and how our sin and rebellion can hinder his work in our lives and can lead us into the very things that cause us pain. We must yearn for God and call out on a daily basis for him to tear open the heavens and to come down into our lives!
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1Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence, 2As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence! 3When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence. 4For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. 5Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved. 6But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. 7And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities. 8But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. 9Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people. 10Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation. 11Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised thee, is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste. 12Wilt thou refrain thyself for these things, O LORD? wilt thou hold thy peace, and afflict us very sore? (KJV)