“The way of the righteous is level; O Just One, you make smooth the path of the righteous. In the path of your judgments, O LORD, we wait for you; your name and your renown are the soul’s desire. My soul yearns for you in the night, my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness” (Isaiah 26:7-9).
The words above are from a prayer in the prophecy of Isaiah. Isaiah acknowledges that God pursues justice, that his discipline teaches righteousness to wicked people. When the righteous encounter injustice, they remember that God seeks justice and call on him to act. Isaiah prophesied during the reign of King Hezekiah, who led his nation back to God and consulted with the prophet. He also advised predecessors of the king who were more skeptical about God’s care for his people. This prayer calls for God to act in ways that will inspire right living and mindset.
Isaiah waits for the Lord. He yearns for God and seeks him. At times we hesitate to pray because the act seems so inactive! When we learn to wait when we seek anxiously, we pray with the confidence and faith of Isaiah. We turn from our own sin. Then we see the majesty of the Lord.