He'll Give Rest, Isaiah 14:3

rushing white water, waterfall and pool

  Recently our pastor taught a series on sharing the gospel, and the importance of being prepared to do so. He went through a few 'plans', such as The Roman Road, The New Testament Road, and The Six Step Plan. The last plan was taken completely from the book of Isaiah. It's beautiful to see how God has woven the gospel throughout the Bible, and specifically in the book of Isaiah.


  As I was taking notes, I could see a song taking shape. Given that I haven't written a song in well over a year, I started to get excited. The next morning, I took out my Bible, and my notes, and started writing.

rushing water, song lyrics
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He'll Give Rest
©Deborah Bolack 2016

 Like a troubled, swirling sea,
 that cannot find rest or peace.
  Laden down with the weight of sin; 
     No relief from your burdens and grief.    
                    Seek the Lord while he may be found.                   
Call upon him while he is near.
                          If you're thirsting, come to the waters.                       
       He'll give rest from your sorrow and fears.   
                           He was smitten of God and afflicted.                         
                                      Despised and rejected of men.                                     
           Wounded and bruised; made an offering for sin,     
     Jesus poured out his soul unto death. 
                          Seek the Lord while he may be found.                      
   Call upon him while he is near.
                     If you're thirsting, come to the waters.                       
   He'll give rest from your sorrow and fears.   
                                  The Lord says come let us reason.                                  
                          Forsake wicked ways you have known.                         
                Though your sins are like scarlet and crimson,             
 they shall be white as snow.
                     Seek the Lord while he may be found.                      
Call upon him while he is near.
                        If you're thirsting, come to the waters.                       
    He'll give rest from your sorrow and fears.   
Seek the Lord, and he'll give rest.
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In Acts 8: 26-40, we see how Philip was able to use the book of Isaiah to preach Jesus to the Ethiopian Eunuch.

And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

 Our pastor had seven points, The People, The Prophet, The Problem, The Provision, The Plan, The Pardon, and The Peace. I didn't use all  seven points, but combined them into four:
1. The Problem
 2. The Plan
 3. The Provision
 4. The Pardon. 

 Below, I've shown the lyrics, with the corresponding scriptures. Some phrases are taken directly from the Bible, while some are paraphrased, or my own wording.

The Problem

57:20-21 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot find rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.
1:4a Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evil doers, children, that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, 
53:4a Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows:

Like a troubled, swirling sea, 
that cannot find rest or peace.
Laden down with the weight of sin                           
No relief from your burdens and grief.             

The Plan


55:6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
55:1a Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters,
14:3 And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve.

Seek the Lord while he may be found.                      
Call upon him while he is near.
If you're thirsting, come to the waters.                       
He'll give rest from your sorrow and fears.              

The Provision


53:4b yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
53:3a He is despised and rejected of men
53:5a,b, But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:
53:10a,b Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin,
53:12c because he hath poured out his soul unto death:

He was smitten of God and afflicted.                         
Despised and rejected of men.                                     
Wounded and bruised; made an offering for sin,     
Jesus poured out his soul unto death.                  

The Pardon


1:18 Come let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
55:7a Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts:

The Lord says come let us reason.                                  
Forsake wicked ways you have known.                         
Though your sins are like scarlet and crimson,             
they shall be white as snow.


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13 comments:

  1. Long time, no see. I hope you and your family are doing well these days. I wanted to ask you a request: Would you be willing to consider putting music to one song of mine? I had asked you years back about this one, and just came across it again. I would love to see something done with it, if you have any time to spare with your new grandchild in the picture. It does sound like you have your hands full. ;)

    Love Broke Through
    http://songs-in-the-night.blogspot.ca/2010/12/love-broke-through.html?m=1

    It's been so long since I used Blogger so I hope the link will work.

    May the Lord richly bless you,
    Jerry Bouey

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    1. The link works fine. I did start on this way back, but never finished. I'll have another look and see what I can do. Other than this song, He'll Give Rest", I haven't been doing much writing. Thanks for asking. I'll let you know when I have something. :)

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  2. Sounds great! This one means a lot to me as I can identify with Peter starting to sink, and with the other disciples being overwhelmed in the boat, and needing the Lord to calm the storm and lift me out of the crashing waves.

    Thanks for the song and the points behind each stanza. I look forward to listening to it once I am home. Good to see the poetic well is flowing in your life. Maybe mine will start overflowing soon too. Wandering in the dry wilderness is no fun.

    I look forward to what the Lord will do in both our lives.

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    1. Jerry...I haven't forgotten...just been a busy summer!

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  3. I love the lyrics! You are a fantastic writer!

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    1. Thank you Amanda, To God be the glory!

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  4. Hallo...thanks for the song...I love the lyric...this is so beautiful...pls visit my web:http://www.albumpenyembahan.blogspot.com
    and http://www.bersediabelajar.blogspot.com
    I come from Indonesian

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  5. Love the words and the music. You are so blessed and talented. Thank you for visiting my blog and your nice comments.

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  6. Thank you for stopping by, Nancy, and for your kind words. To God be the glory!

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  7. I couldn't find your blog with Skywatch Friday, sorry, thanks for your comment !

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    1. Sorry Gattina, I've sent you the url!

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