1 Oy, destroyer, and yourself not destroyed! And treacherous one, and no one has dealt treacherously with him! When you are finishing your destroying, you will be destroyed. When you stop dealing treacherously, someone will deal treacherously with you. 2 Yahveh, be gracious to us, we wait for you. Be their arm in the mornings, indeed our salvation in a time of trouble. 3 At a disturbing noise, peoples fled; because of your exaltation, nations scattered. 4 And your spoil is gathered, like the gathering of the locust, like a swarm of locusts storming upon it. 5 Yahveh is exalted, because he dwells above; he has filled Zion with justice and righteousness, 6 and he will be the security of your times, an abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. The fear of Yahveh is what he treasures.
the security of your times
The Assyrian armies had invaded Judah, and has set their sights on destruction of Jerusalem. God’s prophet, Isaiah, had warned his people that they were going to be judged, but he would be spared the sorrow of seeing it happen – this time. Because a king dared to fear God more than the invading swarm, the nation was spared. So, Isaiah gets to tell his people that Yahveh is going to be exalted, because what Yahveh treasures most is when his people fear him. So, Yahveh will be the security of their times.
Times have not changed. Armies still invade, destroyers still destroy, and God’s people are still put in uncontrollable situations. But God has not changed either. He still looks for a people who will fear him above all fears. He still looks for opportunities to show us security in the midst of the swarming invasion. Will we dare to be what God treasures most?
LORD, give us wisdom to respond to the threats of our times by trusting in you, and letting you be the security of our times.