Isaiah 25:1–12 (NKJV)
25:1 O LORD, You are my God.
I will exalt You,
I will praise Your name,
For You have done wonderful things;
Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
2 For You have made a city a ruin,
A fortified city a ruin,
A palace of foreigners to be a city no more;
It will never be rebuilt.
3 Therefore the strong people will glorify You;
The city of the terrible nations will fear You.
4 For You have been a strength to the poor,
A strength to the needy in his distress,
A refuge from the storm,
A shade from the heat;
For the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
5 You will reduce the noise of aliens,
As heat in a dry place;
As heat in the shadow of a cloud,
The song of the terrible ones will be diminished.
6 And in this mountain
The LORD of hosts will make for all people
A feast of choice pieces,
A feast of wines on the lees,
Of fat things full of marrow,
Of well-refined wines on the lees.
7 And He will destroy on this mountain
The surface of the covering cast over all people,
And the veil that is spread over all nations.
8 He will swallow up death forever,
And the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces;
The rebuke of His people
He will take away from all the earth;
For the LORD has spoken.
9 And it will be said in that day:
“Behold, this is our God;
We have waited for Him, and He will save us.
This is the LORD;
We have waited for Him;
We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”
10 For on this mountain the hand of the LORD will rest,
And Moab shall be trampled down under Him,
As straw is trampled down for the refuse heap.
11 And He will spread out His hands in their midst
As a swimmer reaches out to swim,
And He will bring down their pride
Together with the trickery of their hands.
12 The fortress of the high fort of your walls
He will bring down, lay low,
And bring to the ground, down to the dust.
The first five verses of this chapter show the good and bad results of God’s work. He tears down the proud and evil, yet blesses and helps the needy and poor. He is a refuge to those in need and the enemy of the terrible ones. In verses six through eight Isaiah describes God as One Who prepares a feast for all people of the most choice items. He will remove the covering of death and wipe away all tears. He will lift His rebuke and restore His people.
In the remainder of the chapter, Isaiah extols the Lord’s virtues, as the Savior, the Lord of the Mountain, the Trampler of Enemies, the Destroyer of Pride. Verse 12 above sums things up: He will bring down and lay low any fortress that rises against Him. This great God we must serve. This Lord of life is the one worthy of our allegiance and affection. Serve Him alone and be glad!