A City Not Forsaken

Isaiah 62:1–12 (NKJV)

MARRIED TO GOD

62:1 For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace,
And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
And her salvation as a lamp that burns.
2 The Gentiles shall see your righteousness,
And all kings your glory.
You shall be called by a new name,
Which the mouth of the LORD will name.
3 You shall also be a crown of glory
In the hand of the LORD,
And a royal diadem
In the hand of your God.
4 You shall no longer be termed Forsaken,
Nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate;
But you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah;
For the LORD delights in you,
And your land shall be married.
5 For as a young man marries a virgin,
So shall your sons marry you;
And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
So shall your God rejoice over you.

PROTECTED BY GOD

6 I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;
They shall never hold their peace day or night.
You who make mention of the LORD, do not keep silent,
7 And give Him no rest till He establishes
And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

PROVIDED BY GOD

8 The LORD has sworn by His right hand
And by the arm of His strength:
“Surely I will no longer give your grain
As food for your enemies;
And the sons of the foreigner shall not drink your new wine,
For which you have labored.
9 But those who have gathered it shall eat it,
And praise the LORD;
Those who have brought it together shall drink it in My holy courts.”

SAVED BY GOD

10 Go through,
Go through the gates!
Prepare the way for the people;
Build up,
Build up the highway!
Take out the stones,
Lift up a banner for the peoples!

11 Indeed the LORD has proclaimed
To the end of the world:
“Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Surely your salvation is coming;
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 you shall be called Sought Out,
A City Not Forsaken.

This chapter shows the many ways that Jerusalem is and will be blessed by God.  He gives them a royal crown and expresses His delight in them, marrying them again as His bride.  He places a watchman over them and protects them from their enemies.  He provides and sustains them, giving them food and wine.  He pledges to save them from their enemies and restore them until they are a city that people seek out to view and enjoy.  God declares that what has been lost will be again found.  What was destroyed will be rebuilt.  What was taken will be taken back.  While Jerusalem may look a little different, or may have a different cast of characters, God is still their God and His blessings will still flow.  When you lose your way and also lost your blessings, or when the enemy comes in and takes what God has given, turn to Him, Prepare the way for Him and lift up a banner.  The King is coming to a City Not Forsaken!

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