Isaiah 26:4 - Trusting God Is Our Only Assurance Of Consolation.

Isa.26:4; Trusting God Is Our Only Assurance Of Consolation.

CONTENT; What's in the verse; Translations; Paraphrase; Word 

Isaiah 26:4 (NKJV)  Trust in the LORD forever, For in YAH, the 
LORD, is everlasting strength. 

Isaiah 26:4 (NLT)  Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD GOD is 
the eternal Rock. 

Isaiah 26:4 (AMP)  So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, 
lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an 
everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages]. 

Trust means "to commit oneself fully to." [Nelson SB]

Everlasting strength. Literally, "an everlasting rock." Christ 
is the "Rock of Ages" to all who learn to place their trust in Him. 
[SDA Commentary] 

CONTEXT; What's around the verse; Overview; Topic:

24-27 These four chapters are often called "Isaiah's 
Apocalypse." They discuss God's judgment on the entire world for its sin. 
Isaiah's prophecies were first directed to Judah, then to Israel, then to 
the surrounding nations, and finally to the whole world. These 
chapters describe the last days when God will judge the whole world. At 
that time he will finally and permanently remove evil. [Life 
Application SB] 

Isaiah predicted devastating judgments (24:1-23) which would 
bring about the triumph of God (25:1-12). For the righteous, God's 
triumph promises a resurrection (26:1-21). In His judgments God will 
destroy oppressors and restore the blessings of the oppressed (v. 
20-27:13). [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

26:1-21 The song of praise in Isaiah 26 will be sung by the 
redeemed as they enjoy the blessings of the Messianic kingdom. [New Bible 

"Your dead will live" Isa. 26:1-21. Not even death can thwart 
God's purposes. Isaiah looked ahead and saw a day when salvation's 
song will be sung in Jerusalem (vv. 1-7). Yet his own day was one of 
longing, not of fulfillment. "We wait for You," Isaiah sighed, and added, 
"My soul yearns for You in the night; in the morning my spirit longs 
for You." His yearning was great, because, even "though grace is 
shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness" (vv. 8-10). You 
and I may know Isaiah's frustration well. Yet we have the same 
promise that gave Isaiah hope. Isaiah looked ahead, and knew that "Your 
dead will live; their bodies will rise. You who dwell in the dust, 
wake up and shout for joy. Your dew is like the dew of the morning; 
the earth will give birth to her dead" (v. 19). [The 365-Day 
Devotional Commentary] 

26:1-6 The song of the righteous.  The theme of this song is the 
trustworthiness of God and the peace and joy that come from 
dependence upon Him. 
 [Passages Of Life SB] 

The LORD's People Praise Him for Salvation

CROSS REFERENCES; What's in verses elsewhere.

Deut. 32:4 (KJV)  He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all 
his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and 
right is he.  

2 Chron. 20:20b (KJV)  Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye 
be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.  

Psalm 18:2 (KJV)  The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my 
deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the 
horn of my salvation, and my high tower.  

Psalm 46:1 (KJV)  God is our refuge and strength, a very present 
help in trouble.  

Psalm 55:22 (KJV)  Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall 
sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.  

Psalm 62:8 (KJV)  Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out 
your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.  

Psalm 125:1 (KJV)  They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount 
Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.  

Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)  Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; 
and lean not unto thine own understanding. [6] In all thy ways 
acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  

Isaiah 12:2 (KJV)  Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, 
and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; 
he also is become my salvation.  

Matthew 6:13 (KJV)  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver 
us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the 
glory, for ever. Amen.  

Matthew 28:18 (KJV)  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, 
All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  

Philip. 4:13 (KJV)  I can do all things through Christ which 
strengtheneth me.  

COMMENTARY / APPLICATION: Moving From The Head To The Heart
What is God teaching here? What does it teach about Jesus?

The dictionary defines crisis as "the turning point for better 
or worse in an acute disease or time of distress." Using that 
definition, find a newspaper or news magazine and circle the headlines of at 
least 10 crisis points in the world today.  
Isaiah 24-27 has been called "Isaiah's Apocalypse," for in it 
you will read of the ultimate downfall of earthly enemies, angelic 
hosts (24:21), and even death itself (25:8). The theme of the section 
is judgment, but permeating nearly every paragraph is a note of 
joy: singing by the remnant of God's people (24:14-16), gladness for 
God's greatness (chapter 25), and praise for the praiseworthy God of 
Zion (chapter 26). Truly God's people are blessed, even in times of 
What is your attitude as you face the crises of today? Is your 
countenance as glum as the news? Or can you smile and sing in the midst of 
the storm, knowing who allows the winds to blow? Place the words 
"Smile! You have something to smile about" in a promi- nent place. Let 
them remind you as you face each new challenge today that the victory 
is already assured.  [Your Daily Walk SB] 

Righteousness is the theme of Israel's hope. Israel looks 
forward to a final victory song by the righteous nation that keeps faith 
with God. The oppressed and poor celebrate the downfall of the proud. 
In the present we yearn for the final day as we humbly obey God. We 
know one day all nations will experience God's just judgment (Hebrew 
mishpat) and righteous, saving actions (Hebrew tsedeq) bringing peace for 
His people and punishment for the wicked. [Disciple SB] 

We had just written (another) letter to our superintendent of 
schools. When our third-grader changed schools midyear, she was placed in 
a classroom where she suffered serious verbal abuse from other 
children, and received no support from her teacher. 
The stress caused Sarah some serious stomach problems. It caused 
us serious upset too, because only after a number of complaints did 
we get Sarah transferred to another classroom. Even then her first 
teacher seemed to take it out on Sarah by threatening to fail her in one 
of her subjects. 
What was frustrating was that, despite the fact Sarah had an A 
her first semester, and an A the first quarter in her new school, 
the teacher threatened to fail her for the year--and despite stated 
school policy we were not even allowed to check the grade book. I could 
go on and list other abuses, but the point I want to make is 
simple. All of us, even in the best of times, are victims now and then 
of injustice. 
I know that our situation with Sarah is relatively 
insignificant. There are far greater injustices suffered by others. But the 
experience has made us more sensitive to the frustration experienced by the 
This is what Isaiah felt as he cried, "Your name and renown are 
the desire of our hearts." He went on to complain that though grace 
is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness, but keep 
on doing evil (vv. 8-10). How frustrating to try, but always to be 
kept waiting. How frustrating to struggle, but never seeming to dent 
When something like this happens to us, we need to remember the 
hope that brought Isaiah comfort. All will be made right, in God's 
time. It may not be during our lifetime. But, "Your dead will live!" 
Even death is not the end. Even death can't thwart the ultimate 
achievement of justice for all in this world. One day, in God's time, we'll 
hear His voice calling us. He'll cry out to those of us who dwell in 
the dust, and we will "wake up and shout for joy." For then we will 
have justice. Then we will have peace. [The 365-Day Devotional 

Trust in the Lord
Isaiah, in the 26th chapter, 3rd and 4th verses, tells us whom 
to trust: "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed 
on thee, because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever, 
for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength." Now, you cannot 
find any one who has put his whole trust in God but he has perfect 
peace.... That is the reward to those who do so.... His soul is at rest. 
It is not tossed about upon every wave of doctrine, but it is at 
rest.... If we put our trust in our own strength, it will fail us. If we 
put our trust in our money, some thieves may get it away, fires may 
burn it up, it may take to itself wings. If we put our trust in 
friends, they will die and leave us. If we trust in anything on earth, we 
will be disappointed, but if we put our trust in God, he never dies. 
He never breaks a promise. He is everlasting strength. All human 
strength fails. All earthly streams get dry sometimes; but God never 
fails. The Keeper of Israel never slumbers, never sleeps. Therefore if 
our trust is in him, and we look to him wholly and entirely for 
everything, we will have peace and joy. D. L. Moody The Gospel Awakening 
[Spirit Filled Life Devotional SB]