For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name.
3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.
4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.
5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.
6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence,
7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
8 The Lord hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast laboured:
9 But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the Lord; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness.
10 Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.
11 Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
12 And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.
I’m always deeply touched by the expressions of mutual delight and rejoicing that characterizes our love-relationship with God. How tender, how deep, how all-embracing is this devotion God longs to have with each one of us (eg: Isa 61:10; Zeph 3:17). As we would call a loved one Darling, or Sweetheart, God calls his bride special Hebrew names, Hephzibah (Delight), and Beulah (Sought After and Married).
As God set Adam and Eve to be caretakers of His new creation, God sets his beloved ones to watch over His new Kingdom. There is full commitment in this union! They work together as one in purpose and attitude. Our Heavenly Husband neither slumbers nor sleeps (Ps121:4), nor does His “wife.” They are on call day and night (v.7). In fact they give each other no rest, urging each other on until they reach their mutual goal.
These watchmen, these intercessors pray without ceasing, they are bold in the “big things” they ask for. Their aim is their Lord’s promised goal (v.8): to establish “Jerusalem” as “the praise of all the earth” (v.7), to become trustworthy themselves and to make God’s churches safe places of worship for all people (v.8; 56:8).
Partner in Ministry, Parramatta Church
Greater Sydney Conference, Australia