Save this nation from the guilt of bloodshed, God, the God of our salvation, and our tongue will sing of Your righteousness. Lord, open our lips, and our mouth will declare Your praise. Lord, You do not want a sacrifice or we would give it, You are not pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifice pleasing to You, God is a broken spirit. God, You will not despise a broken and humble heart (Psalm 51:14-17). God we don’t even know how to have a broken sprit. We have been taught and raised to be self-reliant and self-sufficient. A nation, once reliant on You for Your wisdom and direction has been reduced to weakness in the eyes of the world and left Your name disgraced because of our failure to recognize You any longer as the Almighty God who rises nations up and tears them down. They mock us and cry out,
“Where is your God now?” as the trade center is bombed.
“Where is your God now?” as men are given over to a depraved mind.
“Where is your God now?” as liberties are removed piece by piece and we become more entangled and chained to the ruler of this world (Ephesians 2:2) instead of living in the freedom and rightly possession as heirs to the throne of Christ Jesus our Savior (Ephesians 2:6).
Lord, forgive us. Forgive us. Teach us to humble ourselves. May the truth of Your Word penetrate our hearts to bring us before Your feet on our knees. Help us to offer and pour out our most valuable perfume over You as an act of our full surrender to You (Luke 7:37-47). May the forgiveness we find at Your feet enable us to rise with the fullness of forgiveness in our hearts, our minds, and our souls so that Your love will be able to be seen flowing through our blood, giving us life, and allowing us to walk in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). Lord, today may we wake up from the deception we have allowed to hypnotize us and cry out to You. Humble us, show us how to seek Your face, leads us to turn from our wicked ways, hear our prayers, forgive us, and heal Your land (2 Chronicles 7:14) so that Your name will be high and lifted up and You receive the glory and honor due You and only You. In Jesus Name. Amen
1 Listen to Me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord: Look to the rock from which you were cut, and to the quarry from which you were dug.
2 Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who gave birth to you in pain. When I called him, he was only one; I blessed him and made him many.
3 For the Lord will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places, and He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and melodious song.
4 Pay attention to Me, My people, and listen to Me, My nation; for instruction will come from Me, and My justice for a light to the nations. I will bring it about quickly.
5 My righteousness is near, My salvation appears, and My arms will bring justice to the nations. The coastlands will put their hope in Me, and they will look to My strength.
6 Look up to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and its inhabitants will die in like manner. But My salvation will last forever, and My righteousness will never be shattered.
7 Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, the people in whose heart is My instruction: do not fear disgrace by men, and do not be shattered by their taunts.
8 For the moth will devour them like a garment, and the worm will eat them like wool. But My righteousness will last forever, and My salvation for all generations.
9 Wake up, wake up! Put on the strength of the Lord’s power. Wake up as in days past, as in generations of long ago. Wasn’t it You who hacked Rahab to pieces, who pierced the sea monster?
10 Wasn’t it You who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep, who made the sea-bed into a road for the redeemed to pass over?
11 And the ransomed of the Lord will return and come to Zion with singing, crowned with unending joy. Joy and gladness will overtake [them], and sorrow and sighing will flee.
12 I-I am the One who comforts you. Who are you that you should fear man who dies, or a son of man who is given up like grass?
13 But you have forgotten the Lord, your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth. You are in constant dread all day long because of the fury of the oppressor, who has set himself to destroy. But where is the fury of the oppressor?
14 The prisoner is soon to be set free; he will not die [and go] to the Pit, and his food will not be lacking.
15 For I am the Lord your God who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar- His name is Yahweh of Hosts.
16 I have put My words in your mouth, and covered you in the shadow of My hand, in order to plant the heavens, to found the earth, and to say to Zion, “You are My people.”
17 Wake yourself, wake yourself up! Stand up, Jerusalem, you who have drunk the cup of His fury from the hand of the Lord; you who have drunk the goblet to the dregs- the cup that [causes people] to stagger.
18 There is no one to guide her among all the children she has raised; there is no one to take hold of her hand among all the offspring she has brought up.
19 These two things have happened to you: devastation and destruction, famine and sword. Who will grieve for you? How can I comfort you?
20 Your children have fainted; they lie at the head of every street like an antelope in a net. They are full of the Lord’s fury, the rebuke of your God.
21 So listen to this, afflicted and drunken one-but not with wine.
22 This is what your Lord says- Yahweh, even your God, who defends His people- “Look, I have removed the cup of staggering from your hand; that goblet, the cup of My fury. You will never drink it again.
23 I will put it into the hands of your tormenters, who said to you: Lie down, so we can walk over you. You made your back like the ground, and like a street for those who walk on it.
1 “Wake up, wake up; put on your strength, Zion! Put on your beautiful garments, Jerusalem, the Holy City! For the uncircumcised and the unclean will no longer enter you.
2 Stand up, shake the dust off yourself! Take your seat, Jerusalem. Remove the bonds from your neck, captive Daughter Zion.”
3 For this is what the Lord says: “You were sold for nothing, and you will be redeemed without silver.”
4 For this is what the Lord God says: “At first My people went down to Egypt to live there, then Assyria oppressed them without cause.
5 So now what have I here”- the Lord’s declaration- “that My people are taken away for nothing? Its rulers wail”- the Lord’s declaration- “and My name is continually blasphemed all day long.
6 Therefore My people will know My name; therefore [they will know] on that day that I am He who says: Here I am.”
7 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the herald, who proclaims peace, who brings news of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
8 The voices of your watchmen- they lift up their voices, shouting for joy together; for every eye will see when the Lord returns to Zion.
9 Be joyful, rejoice together, you ruins of Jerusalem! For the Lord has comforted His people; He has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The Lord has displayed His holy arm in the sight of all the nations; all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God.
11 Leave, leave, go out from there! Do not touch anything unclean; go out from her, purify yourselves, you who carry the vessels of the Lord.
12 For you will not leave in a hurry, and you will not have to take flight; because the Lord is going before you, and the God of Israel is your rear guard.
13 See, My servant will act wisely; He will be raised and lifted up and greatly exalted.
14 Just as many were appalled at You- His appearance was so disfigured that He did not look like a man, and His form did not resemble a human being-
15 so He will sprinkle many nations. Kings will shut their mouths because of Him, For they will see what had not been told them, and they will understand what they had not heard.
1 Who has believed what we have heard? And who has the arm of the Lord been revealed to?
2 He grew up before Him like a young plant and like a root out of dry ground. He had no form or splendor that we should look at Him, no appearance that we should desire Him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering who knew what sickness was. He was like one people turned away from; He was despised, and we didn’t value Him.
4 Yet He Himself bore our sicknesses, and He carried our pains; but we in turn regarded Him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds.
6 We all went astray like sheep; we all have turned to our own way; and the Lord has punished Him for the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughter and like a sheep silent before her shearers, He did not open His mouth.
8 He was taken away because of oppression and judgment; and who considered His fate? For He was cut off from the land of the living; He was struck because of My people’s rebellion.
9 They made His grave with the wicked, and with a rich man at His death, although He had done no violence and had not spoken deceitfully.
10 Yet the Lord was pleased to crush Him, and He made Him sick. When You make Him a restitution offering, He will see [His] seed, He will prolong His days, and the will of the Lord will succeed by His hand.
11 He will see [it] out of His anguish, and He will be satisfied with His knowledge. My righteous servant will justify many, and He will carry their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give Him the many as a portion, and He will receive the mighty as spoil, because He submitted Himself to death, and was counted among the rebels; yet He bore the sin of many and interceded for the rebels.