6 We have heard how exalted Moab is –very proud that his majesty is exalted– and his arrogance. What he boasts is not so. 7 For this reason Moab will howl; everyone belonging to Moab will howl, for the raisin cakes of Kir-hareseth you will moan, surely destroyed. 8 Because Heshbon withers the fields, the vine of Sibmah; rulers of nations have broken down her tendrils, they reached up to Jazer, they reached desert; her shoots spread abroad, they crossed over a sea. 9 Therefore I am weeping along with the weeping of Jazer for the vine of Sibmah. I drench you with my tear, Heshbon and Elealeh, because a triumphant shout has fallen over your summer fruit and harvest. 10 And joy and gladness is taken away from the fruitful land, and in the vineyards no one exults, no one shouts for joy; no treader treads wine in the presses; I have put to an end to the joyful shout. 11 Therefore my gut moans like a harp for Moab and my inner parts for Kir-heres.
gut moaning like a harp
We do not all see things the way God sees them. The prophets do. Isaiah challenged his people to look beyond the prideful boasting of their northern neighbors, the Moabites. He invited them to travel in time just enough to see all that prosperity and arrogance destroyed and replaced by the howling of a ruined state. The joyful shouts of triumph and prosperity have all been replaced by grief and shame. God is there, and he feels it with them. He challenges his people to be there too.
There is coming a time when all who have exalted themselves against God and oppressed their fellow men will be judged for their sin. God is not happy for this, and neither should we be. The purpose of anticipating this judgment is to help us find ways of rescuing people from it. To do that, we need to see things as they will be. Such vision will naturally get our guts churning and moaning. Our insides will play a dirge like a harp. But that is the price we pay for choosing to be compassionate instead of indifferent.