“For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”
This verse is a special verse to me. Someone shared it with me during a really special time in my life, and I am grateful to be able to share about it!
Let’s think about the context we find this verse in. Isaiah 55 reveals to us God’s heart and His desire that we seek Him with all our hearts. In verse 11, God declares that the Word proceeding from His mouth accomplishes the purpose for which He sends it. It is interesting to note the first word of verse 13: “for.” This word is a connector word; when I see it used this way, I think “because.”
So we see this verse is continuing the thought from the previous verse. When God’s Word accomplishes His purpose in our hearts, this is cause for great joy! Jeremiah 15:16 says “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.” In Psalm 199:162 we read, “I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.”
Joy in our hearts is an overflow from allowing God’s word to have its way in us! We can walk in the joy of the Lord. If you find that you are not walking in joy, turn to the Lord. Ask Him to cause you to delight in Him and in His Word. Take time and treasure the Word. What you will find is that you end up enjoying the things you spend time on!
The next part of the verse talks about how God leads us: “…and be led forth with peace.” I am reminded of the verse in Colossians 3:15 “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”
The one who rules is the one who calls the shots. To be led by the peace of the Lord is to let the peace of God rule our heart. One of the meanings of the Greek word βραβεύω translated “rule” is “to be an umpire.” What does an umpire do? The umpire is the one who watches the game, making sure that the players are playing rightly. We should allow God’s peace to umpire us and show us when we are not in line with Him. We need to learn to listen to God through His Word and to allow His peace to act like an umpire over our hearts.
The last part of our verse, Isaiah 55:12, reads “the mountains and the hills shall break before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” This reminds me of a couple verses in Psalms 96:12-13 “Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice Before the Lord: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.”
All of creation points us to the the Lord if we stop and consider it! When Jesus was told to stop his disciples from praising Him, He answered by saying “I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.” (Luke 19:40)
Let us take time, away from our hectic lives, to be quiet before the Lord. Take time to be in the Word, allowing God to have His way, and allow His peace to lead, guard, and umpire you. God is faithful, and He will meet us if we seek Him!