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.
A magnificent grandfather clock beautifies a corner of my sister’s living-room. Its nine-chime quarter hour tones bring a soothing peaceful feeling throughout the house—except for the new visitor trying to go to sleep.
It takes a few hours, sometimes a night or two, for those rich harmonies to take on the nature of a lullaby inducing sleep—like watchmen on the walls calling out, “four bells and all’s well.”
In a strange sense that clock’s rhythmic ticking of its brass wheels, moving on hidden jeweled bushings all housed in a highly polished cherrywood case, remind me of Isaiah 62.
The more you study the clock’s precision engineering and quality materials the more you appreciate its beauty. The clock’s consistency is a small reflection of God’s unfailing love He expresses in the opening poetry.
“Because I love Zion,
I will not keep still.
Because my heart yearns for Jerusalem,
I cannot remain silent.” NLT
Whether we are comforted or annoyed by the sound of His voice He continues to proclaim His love methodically.
In the rest of the chapter God guarantees what will happen when people synchronize their lives with His. Unfortunately, that never happened nationally in ancient Israel but it did and is happening individually. And as surely as the clock keeps ticking it will happen universally one day.
Lopez Island, Washington State USA