Isaiah 26 A Song Of Salvation.
Isaiah had a song, one that would be sung by the people of God appointed for salvation. Salvation is not of the will of man, but only by Divine appointment (v. 1). Only by Divine appointment can the gates be opened to his salvation, and by this same appointment only, can one be righteous, keep the truth, and thus enter (v. 2 Cf. 12:1-2; Ps. 118:19-20). “The city of God is the community of the redeemed (1:26; 2:2; 60:18)” (NGSB p.1065). Actions accompany and give evidence of one’s state. Not only do we enter into this life with the LORD, but it is also the LORD who will keep us (v. 3). We have peace of mind, because we “trust in the LORD forever” (v. 4a Cf. 57:19; Phil. 4:6-7).
Peace comes through atonement (Cf. 45:17). The lofty city is brought low (v. 5 Cf. 25:11-12), the feet of the poor and needy will “tread it down” (v. 6), for the LORD remembers the just, and the just wait for him. They seek the LORD and his judgments, by which the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness (vv. 7-9 Cf. 25:9; 33:2; 64:5; Ps. 37:23). The wicked refuse grace, being consumed with envy (vv. 10-11 Cf. 5:12; Job 34:27; Ps. 28:5; Rom. 2:4). On the other hand, the just are made such by the LORD, through whom they have peace (v. 12 Cf. Eccl. 8:12). Through his name they were delivered from other dominions, those whom the LORD destroyed (vv. 13-14 Cf. 14:22; II Chron. 12:8; Ps. 143:10).
He expanded the nation, and they glorified him (v. 15 Cf. 9:3). Though they were chastened, and in pain as a woman giving birth, they prayed to the LORD (vv. 16-18 Cf. 13:8; 37:3; Hos. 5:15; Jn. 16:21), and they were inspired by their hope in the resurrection (v. 19 Cf. 25:8; Ps. 17:14-15; Ezek. 37:1-14). Contrary to the Sadducees, and liberals today, the saints in the old covenant had a firm resurrection hope (Cf. Dan 12:2; Hos. 13:14). The just ones are called to seek refuge in the LORD, while he sends judgment on the earth (vv. 20-21 Cf. Ex. 12:22-23; Ps. 91:1-4; Mic. 1:3). “The present suffering is not worthy to be compared to the eternal glory that follows (v. 19; 54:7; Ps. 30:5; II Cor. 4:17; II Pet. 3:9)” (NGSB p.1066).