Lord of Hosts (Isaiah 54:5) - Radical

Lord of Hosts (Isaiah 54:5)

For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of Hosts is His name. And the holy one of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth He is called.
– Isaiah 54:5

I love this verse. It has so many descriptions of titles of God. For your Maker, so that’s the first one, capital M, Maker. He’s the one who made you, just let that one soak in and a fresh way right now.

Isaiah 54:5 reminds us that God loves, cherises, and sacrificed Himself for our good.

You, your body, your mind, your soul is made, formed by God himself. And we know in Psalm 139 kind of language, you are fearfully and wonderfully made by God himself. He is your Maker. He is your Husband. Now what’s interesting here is sometimes I’ve heard guys say, “I have kind of a hard time viewing myself as the bride of Christ.” And I would just encourage you, if you have any challenges with that, think about biblically what a bride is, specifically in relation to a husband.

A bride is someone, so just picture this profile, who is loved, cherished, honored by a husband in such a way that that husband will do anything and everything, will sacrifice for his bride’s good. To provide for, to protect, to nurture, to help his bride flourish, this is what it means to be a bride biblically. And God is saying I’m going to be that for you.

And when you realize that, it’s only pride that can keep you from rejoicing at the reality that you’re the bride of Jesus, that he loves you, cherishes you, honors you, is committed to providing for you and protecting you, and laying down his life toward that end. That’s what it means to be the bride of Christ. For your Maker is your Husband. The Lord of Hosts is his name. Isaiah 54:5 says the Lord of Hosts. The Lord of heavenly armies. That’s who is your Husband. That’s who is your Maker.

Isaiah 54:5 teaches us there is no one like our Lord.

Then, he’s the holy one of Israel. There’s no one like him. He is holy, holy, holy. He is incomparable in beauty, incomprehensible in wonder, and he is perfect in every way. And he is your Redeemer. He is the one who ransoms you from your sin, who pays the price so that you can go from death to life. He’s the one who is writing your story of redemption that will end guaranteed in your good. He’s your Redeemer.

And then, so this is the last title, so if you’re keeping track that’s five titles we’ve seen. This is the sixth one, the God of the whole Earth he is called. So put it all together. The God of the whole Earth is the one who made you, formed you. He is your Husband, your Provider, your Protector. God loves you and lives to see you flourish. He is the Lord of heavenly armies and he is holy, holy, holy, and he is writing a story of redemption in your life and in the world that you’re a part of right now.

So just let Isaiah 54:5 lead you to praise God in all these ways. Can we just do that in prayer right now? Oh God, we praise you for who you are, for all your attributes and titles that we see all over the Bible, including the six of them we see in this one verse. We praise you as our Maker, our Creator, the one who formed us and who owns us. Lord, we praise you as our Husband. We praise you for lovingly laying down your life to make us your bride. Lord Jesus, we praise you for taking responsibility for our good, for our provision and protection and flourishing.

This verse encourages us to praise God in light of who He is.

We praise you as the Lord of heavenly armies surrounded by heavenly hosts right now who sing your praise day and night without ceasing. We praise you as the Holy One.

There is no one like you. We praise you for all of your perfections. We praise you as our Redeemer. Lord, we praise you for your redemption in our lives, for your salvation that you’ve brought about in our lives and for the redemption story you are writing right now even amidst hard days for some of us right now, and we praise you.

You are our Redeemer and you’ll one day make all things right for all who trust in you. And oh God, you are the God of the whole Earth. All the Earth, all the universe belongs to you and we worship you and we pray that you’d help us to glorify you today. In all these ways, help us to glorify you, to enjoy you and to exalt you, to savor your glory and to spread your glory right around us and to the ends of the earth.

Prayer for the Verendra Brahmin People

God, we pray specifically today for the Varendra Brahmin people of India, 300,000 of them in this upper caste people group, we pray as their worshiping all kinds of different gods in Hinduism, we pray that the Varendra Brahmin people would be reached with the good news that you are the God of the whole Earth and you made them and you love them and you’ve made a way for their redemption. God, we pray that your redemption would spread to the Varendra Brahmin people of India and to every people group on the planet and that you would use us as your people, your bride, toward that end. We pray all of this in Jesus’ name according to your Word in Isaiah 54:5 which we love. We love what it reveals about you. Amen.

David Platt

David Platt serves as a pastor in metro Washington, D.C. He is the founder of Radical.

David received his Ph.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is the author of Don’t Hold Back, Radical, Follow MeCounter CultureSomething Needs to ChangeBefore You Vote, as well as the multiple volumes of the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series.

Along with his wife and children, he lives in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

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