Isaiah 25:1-9 (NIV)
A. 1 Lord, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your name,
a. for in perfect faithfulness
aa. you have done wonderful things,
things planned long ago.
B. 2 You have made the city a heap of rubble,
the fortified town a ruin,
the foreigners’ stronghold a city no more;
it will never be rebuilt.
b. 3 Therefore strong peoples will honor you;
cities of ruthless nations will revere you.
C. 4 You have been a refuge for the poor,
a refuge for the needy in their distress,
a shelter from the storm
and a shade from the heat.
b.’ For the breath of the ruthless
is like a storm driving against a wall
5 and like the heat of the desert.
B.’ You silence the uproar of foreigners;
as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud,
so the song of the ruthless is stilled.
aa.’ 6 On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare
a feast of rich food for all peoples,
a banquet of aged wine—
the best of meats and the finest of wines.
7 On this mountain he will destroy
the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations;
8 he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears
from all faces;
he will remove his people’s disgrace
from all the earth.
The Lord has spoken.
a.’’ 9 In that day they will say,
“Surely this is our God;
we trusted in him, and he saved us.
A.’ This is the Lord, we trusted in him;
let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”
God Makes Room for Us
Main Point: God changes an “I” to a “We” by being a refuge for those in need.
Questions for Discussion:
Tell about a time when you felt really unwelcome somewhere. What did you feel like?
Do you feel like there are some people you would never want to welcome in your home? Why? What would make you feel that way?
What image or metaphor or statement in Isaiah 25.1-9 is most powerful or affecting to you?
Where do you feel like you need “refuge” in your life?
If there was one person who you would want God to welcome, who would that person be? Why?
Ask God to fill your needs. Ask God to welcome you into His presence.
Ask God to welcome that one person you would desire to be welcomed by God.