“Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or His ear dull that, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God.” (59:1-2)
It’s not Him, it’s us. Here lies a poetic account of the gospel story.
“We hope for light, but behold, darkness, and for brightness, but we walk in gloom.” (59:9)
Verses 1-15 are a big “for example” of our inability to save ourselves or judge between right and wrong. We want peace and goodness, but we don’t know which way is up.
“The LORD saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice.” (59:15b)
He took matters into His own hands and followed it up with the gift of His Spirit, so He can live inside us, drawing us toward truth. And you know what? His Salvation doesn’t end there, He makes us a beacon of hope, a conduit of His glory shown to others:
“the LORD will arise upon you, and His glory will be seen upon you.” (60:2)
He is good. He is powerful, able, willing, glorious. How can He see past our fits of rage to intervene and lift us up?
“He has made you beautiful.” (60:9)
We’ve only begun to see the fulfillment of these things, but our first taste is delicious. Consider the contrast between His way and our way. Here’s something I notice: Our individual efforts and personal opinions create a corporate mess, but His designs are a blessing to everyone. What a smart, endlessly good God.