Submitted by Ken Boccino on Tue, 12/05/2017 - 1:09pm
It is striking that this passage is both hopeful and forlorn, and thus desperately plaintive. Isaiah pleads to God to "rend the heavens and come down," yet ends by acknowledging that God has "hid (his) face from us."
Isaiah seems to be describing a time much like our own. In the present political situation we feel deserted, bereft. And we have a sense that, however much we might like to blame others for our plight, we too share responsibility for our own terrible situation. " - in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?" We sometimes feel a if we are the only ones who recognize how truly awful things are - "There is no one that calls upon thy name,/that bestirs himself to take hold of thee".
This passage ends in desperation - "thou has hid thy face from us/ and has delivered us into the hand of our iniquities." But the very next line presents hope: "Yet, O Lord, thou art our Father, we are the clay, and thou are our potter/we are all the work of thy hand."