Jubilee College of Music

Always Singing...Dr. Smoak

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Seek and Call (Isaiah 55:6)

We are examining some of the specific verses of Isaiah chapter 55. Eventually we will look at the well know worship song The Trees of the Field that is based upon verse 12 of Isaiah 55:

You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace;
The mountains and the hills will break forth before you.
They’ll be shouts of joy, and all the trees of the field will clap, will clap their hands.
And all of the trees will clap their hands,
The trees of the field will clap their hands,
The trees of the field will clap their hands
While you go out with joy.

Words by Steffi Geiser Rubin, Music by Stuart Dauermann

Are you dancing and clapping as you sing these words?

Verse 6 is a typical example of Hebrew poetry. The first line makes an important statement and the second line makes the same statement but with different words: Seek the Lord while he may be found;
Call on him while he is near.

Notice the action words “seek” and “call” in these two lines of poetry. Seeking the Lord and calling out to him is our response to his invitation to come to him found in verse one of this chapter. Remember that the writer uses the word “come” four times in verse one. Our response to this holy invitation is to “seek” the Lord and “call” on him. But there seems to be a limit to this invitation. This is seen in the word “while.” We may seek the Lord while he may be found and we may call upon him while his is near.

Consider this word “while” within the context of worship. God can “be found” and God “is near” when we come to worship him in our worship services (Psalm 95). We “seek” him and “call” on him through our singing, our prayers, our scripture reading, and our preaching. All of this happens as we gather for worship each Sunday.

Enjoy seeking and calling on the One True God this coming Sunday as you gather with other Believers to worship. God is inviting you to come.