Read: Isaiah 25:1-9
Before 1940s, bacterial infections were often deadly. But the discovery of penicillin revolutionized health care. It has saved countless lives by killing the harmful bacteria. Those who recognised its potential and developed it won the Nobel Prize in 1945. But even before the discovery of penicillin, other silent agents were at work saving lives by destroying bacteria. They are the white blood cells. They are God’s provision within our bodies to protect us from disease. No one really knows how many infections they have stopped and how many lives they have saved. Yet they receive little recognition for what they do.
God also gets a similar treatment. He gets all the blame when something goes wrong in His children’s lives, but He seldom gets due credit for all the things that go right in their lives. Every day, people get up, get dressed, go to work or school, and return safely to their homes. No one knows how many times God has protected them from harm. But when there is a tragedy, people ask, “Where was God?”
Isaiah 25 opens with a call to worship and praise God. Isa. 25:1 says, “O Lord, You are my God. I will exalt You, I will praise Your name, For You have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.” In fact, the motivation behind this praise is God’s work of judgement and destruction. Normally people praise God for His rescue and blessings, but here praise is offered for acts of judgement. Only a true Christ-focussed person can praise God like this. When we consider all the wonderful things that God has done silently on our behalf, there will be no difficulty to see that our praises should be longer than our petitions.