What does the text say? – The Lord says Heaven is His home and Earth His footstool. He is responsible for the creation of everything that exists. He only esteems those who respect His Word enough to obey it, not those who make an outward show of worshipping Him but whose heart does not belong to Him; He will choose their delusions, and will bring on them what they fear, because when He called they did not answer, and when He spoke they didn’t listen. Those who hate and exclude the Lord’s servants will be put to shame because He repays His enemies. Rejoice for the people of Jerusalem because the Lord will give them Peace like a river and wealth like a flooding stream and they will be comforted. The Lord will be known to His servants but His foes will only know His fury, with fire and sword He will execute Judgement and He will kill many, including all those who worship idols. The Lord will choose some of His people to proclaim His ‘glory among the nations and He will select some to serve Him. The Lord will create a new Heaven and new Earth and all mankind will worship Him.
Application? – Do I obey God’s Word – written and spoken? Is my life totally submitted to Him? Am I delighted that Jerusalem, and all God’s people in it will, one day, know all the benefits of Peace? Am I doing the work the Lord has chosen for me? Am I serving Him in the way He wants me to or in the way that I want to?