Jesus, please grant that we may worship you. Open our eyes that we may treasure the glory of your salvation. For “how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation.” (Heb. 2:3) Father, through worship & meditation on this familiar text, grant us fresh delight in you. Isaiah cried out, “who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the the arm of the Lord been revealed?” (Isa 53:1) O God, reveal to us, help us to see, your arm, which means your strength, your great acts on our behalf. Help us to see and to worship. “For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground.” (v.2) Jesus grant us wonder. We live in dark and confused times. Just as you came in a dark time, may we see you as the root out of dry ground, the tender and new hope for us in the midst of despair. May we see you and your gospel as just this. You are the source of our hope in the darkness. You are the root to which we can cling and find hope in our dryness and hopelessness. Jesus “you had no form or majesty that we should look at you. You had no beauty that we should desire you.” (v. 2) You came incognito. Your beauty and your glory did not spring from a stunning physical appearance. No. Instead you were despised, “despised and rejected by men.” (v. 3) By us! We have done the same. We have coddled the idea of you but have rejected who you really are and what you came to do. “You were a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” (v. 3) O how you agonized in the garden. You entered our pain. “You who knew no sin became sin so that we might become the righteousness of Christ.” (2 Cor. 5:21) Hallelujah! But instead, “you are as one from whom men hide their faces. You were despised and we esteemed you not.” (v. 3) Jesus we confess that even though we have begun with you, even though we have tasted your goodness, we have acted as if we have seen all there is to see in who you are and especially failed to gaze in wonder at you. Have mercy on us. May we learn to linger and delight here. May we learn to know you though worship as our very bread from heaven that feeds our souls.
There’s much more in Isaiah 53 to provoke further worship.