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A Sermon on Isaiah 63:7-9

The LORD’s Mercy Remembered

I will recount the steadfast love of the LORD,
the praises of the LORD,
according to all that the LORD has granted us,
and the great goodness to the house of Israel
that he has granted them according to his compassion,
according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
For he said, “Surely they are my people,
children who will not deal falsely.”
And he became their Savior.
In all their affliction he was afflicted,
and the angel of his presence saved them;
in his love and in his pity he redeemed them;
he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. (ESV)

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What does the prayer of Isaiah teach is about God and us? Isaiah prays to God in a time of dire need and crisis. In this sermon from Isaiah 63:7-9, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones looks to this prayer as an example that the Church ought to follow. The Church must recognize that they pray to a just and holy God who hears their every prayer. God is not a God who is far off! God calls His people to trust in His holy name and to believe that He will uphold them through the midst of the greatest trials and temptations. But when the Church does not trust in God and His power, they turn to worldly and vain philosophies. This is the greatest danger to the Church in every age, that they rely on everything other than God. The history of the Church shows how destructive this is. The answer is always to trust that God will do what He has promised to do through Jesus Christ in the Gospel. This sermon convicts and encourages the Church in its God-given mission to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth for the glory of Christ.


Additional Scripture Translations

Isaiah 63:7-9, New American Standard Bible

God’s Ancient Mercies Recalled

7I will make mention of the mercies of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord,

According to all that the Lord has granted us,

And the great goodness toward the house of Israel,

Which He has granted them according to His compassion

And according to the abundance of His mercies.

8For He said, “Certainly they are My people,

Sons who will not deal falsely.”

So He became their Savior.

9In all their distress He was distressed,

And the angel of His presence saved them;

In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them,

And He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.

Isaiah 63:7-9, King James Version

7¶ I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses. 8For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour. 9In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.


About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.