This is another difficult chapter to pin down, but we will try.
1 O Jehovah, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things, even counsels of old, in faithfulness and truth.
2 For thou hast made of a city a heap, of a fortified city a ruin, a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.
I hope that I’m not reaching too far here. But, it is true that all the fortresses and cities built by the gentiles have not survived as fortresses or cities today. It is true that there are many ruins that have been rebuilt for tourists to exclaim over, but none have survived as true cities or forts unto today.
3 Therefore shall a strong people glorify thee; a city of terrible nations shall fear thee.
This is an interesting verse. It appears to be referring to some group of powerful, non-Jewish people that accept and worship God. Could this be the US? Someone else?
I don’t know of too many strong nations in the last days that give as much lip-service to God. America at least appears to worship God. If nothing else, we can legitimately say that the US was founded on Godly principles.
4 For thou hast been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
5 As the heat in a dry place wilt thou bring down the noise of strangers; as the heat by the shade of a cloud, the song of the terrible ones shall be brought low.
6 And in this mountain will Jehovah of hosts make unto all peoples a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.
The Lord will make Jerusalem a blessing to all peoples. What did the Lord say in Psalms:
Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: They shall prosper that love thee.
You will be blessed, if you are a blessing to Jerusalem.
Having said that, I’m not completely certain about what these verses specifically mean. I’m sure that we’ll understand better when we get closer to the time of their fulfillment.
7 And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering that covereth all peoples, and the veil that is spread over all nations.
Is the Lord speaking here of a new clarity of understanding – as in the veil being taken away?
What is this ‘face of the covering’?
8 He hath swallowed up death for ever; and the Lord Jehovah will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the reproach of his people will he take away from off all the earth: for Jehovah hath spoken it.
This sounds like the time after the second coming of our Lord.
9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is Jehovah; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
10 For in this mountain will the hand of Jehovah rest; and Moab shall be trodden down in his place, even as straw is trodden down in the water of the dung-hill.
11 And he shall spread forth his hands in the midst thereof, as he that swimmeth spreadeth forth his hands to swim; but Jehovah will lay low his pride together with the craft of his hands.
12 And the high fortress of thy walls hath he brought down, laid low, and brought to the ground, even to the dust.
These last four verses are an interesting. Nine and Ten seem to be a straightforward reference to the Millennium. But, 11 and 12?
Is he referring to the current status of Jerusalem? How it has been brought low?