Isaiah 40 – ‘Eagles Wings’

Isaiah 40..

28 Do you not know? 
       Have you not heard? 
       The LORD is the everlasting God, 
       the Creator of the ends of the earth. 
       He will not grow tired or weary, 
       and his understanding no one can fathom.

 29 He gives strength to the weary 
       and increases the power of the weak.

 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, 
       and young men stumble and fall;

 31 but those who hope in the LORD 
       will renew their strength. 
       They will soar on wings like eagles; 
       they will run and not grow weary, 
       they will walk and not be faint.

At last someone has used the ‘eagles wings’ imagery in Isaiah 40 within a context of adoration and reverence to God. Brenton Brown has done a good job here to create and solid rhythmic song with a phenomenally catch guitar riff but the greatness of the songs comes in the lyrics, especially the chorus where he has rightly made it theocentric (God focussed) as in keeping with Isaiah 40. For it is not the glory, the safety or the strength of people that is the main theme of this chapter but God alone, who despite the wickedness and temporality of weak humanity, displays His glory and lavishes His love on the undeserving, giving strength to the weary.

Of course what love was known to the people of God then is supremely experienced through Christ and in his work on the cross in the new covenant. We may not experience soaring on ‘eagles wings’ immediately for we may in this life feel weary and faint. But through faith, ‘those that hope in the Lord’ (Isa 40:31) we are assured and will one day know completely in our eternal rest what it fully is to soar on ‘eagles wings’. Can’t wait!

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