Which is your bed? To His children, the Lord declares:
“The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away . . . He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.”
Who shall rest in His dwelling place?
“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”
But this resting place is spied by the wicked, which they seek to overcome by “a wide mouth” with “the seed of falsehood”: “Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place: for a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief. Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him” (Proverbs 24:15-18). This chapter in Isaiah points out that to His people who have fallen, there is a precious promise:
“I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made. For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart. I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners.”
May you dwell forever in the high and holy place of His dwelling,