The Church prayeth for the illustration of God's power.
Isaiah 64:1 Oh that thou wouldest rent the heauens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountaines might flowe downe at thy presence, Isaiah 64:2 As [when] the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boyle: to make thy Name knowen to thine aduersaries, [that] the nations may tremble at thy presence. Isaiah 64:3 When thou diddest terrible things [which] wee looked not for, thou camest downe, the mountaines flowed downe at thy presence. Isaiah 64:4 For since the beginning of the world men haue not heard, nor perceiued by the eare, neither hath the eye seene, O God, besides thee, [what] hee hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.
Celebrating God's mercy, it maketh confession of their natural corruptions.
Isaiah 64:5 Thou meetest him that reioyceth, and worketh righteousnesse, [those that] remember thee in thy wayes: behold, thou art wroth, for we haue sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saued. Isaiah 64:6 But we are al as an vncleane thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy ragges, and we all doe fade as a leafe, and our iniquities like the wind haue taken vs away. Isaiah 64:7 And there is none that calleth vpon thy name, that stirreth vp himselfe to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from vs, and hast consumed vs because of our iniquities. Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou [art] our father: we are the clay, and thou our potter, and we [all] are the worke of thine hand.
It complaineth of their affliction.
Isaiah 64:9 Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquitie for euer: behold, see we beseech thee, we [are] all thy people. Isaiah 64:10 Thy holy cities [are] a wildernesse, Zion is a wildernesse, Ierusalem a desolation. Isaiah 64:11 Our holy and our beautifull house, where our fathers praised thee, is burnt vp with fire, and all our pleasant things are layed waste: Isaiah 64:12 Wilt thou refraine thy selfe for these things, O LORD? wilt thou hold thy peace, and afflict vs very sore?