Alaska Trip – Day 3.0 /
This number 59 thing has gotten the best of me. I needed to see what God might say to me if I followed this rabbit trail deep into the Holy Scriptures. Of all 66 books of the Bible there are only two books that have 59 or more chapters. I knew, of course, that the massive book of Psalms would have 59 chapters but I wasn’t sure what the other one was so I had to go digging. It’s another Old Testament book, the book of Isaiah. Since I am a man who likes to follow rabbit trails as far as possible I thought I would take a deep look at what message these two books, in their 59th chapters, would have to say to me. Is there a message here for me, and maybe even for you, in these two chapters? I went digging into the rabbit hole.
Psalm 59 (New International Version)
For most of Psalm 59, David is calling out for God to deliver him from his enemies, King Saul and his men, as they continually hunt him down in the wilderness. Although David is crying out to God for their destruction he concludes, as he often does, with praise to God for His power and deliverance.
16 But I will sing of Your power;
Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning;
For You have been my defense
And refuge in the day of my trouble.
17 To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises;
For God is my defense,
My God of mercy.
So, after considerable meditation and distillation of this chapter a simple truth emerged. And the simple truth is this. I must sing praises to God for his power, mercy, defense, and deliverance as I face the trials of life. I am powerless without Him. He is my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. I must not fear. I must praise Him always.
Now that I’d unpacked and personalized Psalm 59 I just had to see what Isaiah 59 was all about. I love rabbit holes! Time for another study.
Isaiah 59 (New International Version)
As I read Isaiah 59 I was struck by the similarities to Psalm 59. Almost the entire chapter is devoted to dealing with wicked people but then, in the end, it speaks of the Redeemer who promises to give his Spirit to all those who repent of their sin, and all his generations! Here’s what Isaiah 59:21 says…
21 “As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit,who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,” says the Lord.
Again, after much rumination, I feel the message for me from Isaiah 59 is a simple truth. The truth is that God promises to fill me and empower me with his Holy Spirit if I only repent of my sin and proclaim that Jesus is my Savior and Lord. My testimony will ensure God’s blessing to me and all my generations.
Lord, may I always trust in you, may I always walk with you, may I always praise your name. May I live and love by the truths I have discovered in the message you revealed to me in the number 59. Amen!
Time to get back to the Alaska Trip!