O LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.
We should wait for the Lord to be gracious to us.
But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.
The word "liberal" in the Bible doesn't mean the same thing that we mean by it today. It used to mean something like "generous". We should be generous.
Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because [they are] many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!
We should look to the Holy One of Israel, and seek the Lord.
For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee.
This is an encouraging promise. The Lord will hear and answer our prayers.
That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.
We shouldn't be critical of insignificant things. For example, we shouldn't treat people like they're doing bad things every time they just say one little thing wrong.
Whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
We should be thankful for how the Lord has taken our sins away.
I'll pray and thank the Lord for taking away my sins.
Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty [is] a fading flower, which [are] on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!
This chapter is hard for me to understand, but this first verse talks about pride. It says, "whose glorious beauty [is] a fading flower". The people of Ephraim look great, but that's like a flower that's pretty for a little while and then shrivels up. We shouldn't be proud.
And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
Reading these passages about God answering prayer make me want to pray more for the things I want. We should always be like that.
I'll pray more for the things I want.
By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this [is] all the fruit to take away his sin; when he maketh all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images shall not stand up.
We should get rid of the things that are idols to us.
And it shall be said in that day, Lo, 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.
How are we going to be able to honestly say this, unless we do wait for the Lord God? We should wait on the Lord, and then we'll be glad and rejoice. His salvation is the thing that matters.
From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, [even] glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.
From the beginning of this verse, I get the idea that we should sing songs of praise to the Lord about His righteousness.
The LORD of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, [and] to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth.
It's about pride. Instead of being the honorable of the earth, we should be the honorable of the Lord.
And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
Listening to the Word of God is so important that it's better than much serving.
In some of my time with the Lord, I've been doing other things instead of reading the Bible. I'll make sure to read the Bible in those times.
And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:
And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.
There's a time for being glad, and a time for crying. We should make sure that we do what the Lord calls us to do, in the time He calls us to do it.
And the residue of the number of archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar, shall be diminished: for the LORD God of Israel hath spoken [it].
They were mighty, but they would be diminished. We shouldn't be proud.
And they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation, and of Egypt their glory.
The Lord was warning that the king of Assyria was going to enslave Epypt and Ethiopia. People couldn't trust in Egypt and Ethiopia instead of trusting in the Lord.
We should trust in the Lord and not in somebody or something else instead.
And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the LORD because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them.
In times of need, we can cry to the Lord.
For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away [and] cut down the branches.
I can't understand what Isaiah 18 means, but this verse makes me think of how the Lord "prunes" us, His people, like a plant. We shouldn't be surprised if we encounter hardship, and we should follow Him.
And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither.
Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips:
This reminds me of Romans 1:28. We should be happy to think about the things of the Lord.
We have heard of the pride of Moab; [he is] very proud: [even] of his haughtiness, and his pride, and his wrath: [but] his lies [shall] not [be] so.
This is about the Lord's judgment of the group of people called Moab. They had a problem with pride, and we should make sure to not make the same mistake. We should make sure we're doing what we do really to serve the Lord, not to just make other people think well of us.
To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
Sometimes when I get discouraged, and encounter adversity, I get lazy. I don't even try as hard to do what's right any more, because it seems like it doesn't do any good. I shouldn't be like that.
We should have, "patient continuance in well doing".
This chapter warns about God's judgment for sin, and verse 10 teaches that the Lord will give "glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good". I'll patiently continue to do what's right.
In their streets they shall gird themselves with sackcloth: on the tops of their houses, and in their streets, every one shall howl, weeping abundantly.
The group of people called Moab would be very sad because of the judgment that the Lord was going to bring on them. I can be glad because I'm saved from the judgment for my sin, through Jesus.
And he said to [them] all, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
A boy at Unit 8 asked me what a verse like this meant. I said that it doesn't mean to literally carry a cross. The cross stands for suffering and dying the way Jesus did on the cross. Taking it up means being willing to suffer and die for Jesus.
When I have to suffer for following the Lord, I'll thank Him for the opportunity.