An Instructed Tongue Sustains the Weary

from Lynda Lindsey

The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears, and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back. Isaiah 50:4-5

Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God. Isaiah 50:10

I (the Lord Almighty) have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand—-I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth, and who say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’ ”  Isaiah 51:16

Picture a father or mother lovingly awakening a young child in the early morning semi-darkness. The parent eases open the curtain, admitting the day’s first light and softly touches the sleeping child’s shoulder, gently whispering the child’s name. Now picture Father God awakening His one and only Son morning by morning to speak tenderly to Him, whispering instructions into Jesus’ willing and eager ears! What a beautiful and poignant picture of Messiah, the Suffering Servant, eternally obedient to His Father, humbly receiving instruction at His Father’s hand. 

Glorious thought; God gives Jesus an instructed tongue to know the word that sustains the weary! Jesus is not only the Word of Life, but He has the words of life to sustain world weary pilgrims! We who walk in the dark have the Light of the World to guide our  every footstep. What words sustain the weary? Words of hope and salvation. Words to encourage and embolden. Words of assurance and pardon. The redeemed of the Lord have been given words of life!

God, before parading His resplendent glory before Moses, tucked Moses safely into a rocky cliff and covered Moses with His protective hand. God does no less for us! We have God’s Word, Living and Written, to sustain us. Jesus is our shelter, our protection, and the safe, solid rock on which we stand. The Lord is both our protector and protection. He goes before us leading the way; He also follows behind as our rear guard. As John Newton’s hymn, Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken, aptly states, “Glorious things of thee are spoken, Zion, city of our God. He whose Word cannot be broken formed thee for His own abode. On the Rock of Ages founded, what can shake thy sure repose? With salvation's walls surrounded, thou may'st smile at all thy foes.” Smile at our foes? How so? Jesus’ instructed tongue awakens us morning by morning, His new mercies to see. Don’t draw back. Have ears to hear!