The Church prayeth for the illustration of God's power.
Isaiah 64:1 Oh, that thou wouldest breake the heauens, and come downe, and that the mountaines might melt at thy presence! Isaiah 64:2 As the melting fire burned, as the fire caused the waters to boyle, (that thou mightest declare thy Name to thy aduersaries) the people did tremble at thy presence. Isaiah 64:3 When thou diddest terrible things, which we looked not for, thou camest downe, and the mountaines melted at thy presence. Isaiah 64:4 For since the beginning of the world they haue not heard nor vnderstande with the eare, neither hath ye eye seene another God beside thee, which doeth so to him that waiteth for him.
Celebrating God's mercy, it maketh confession of their natural corruptions.
Isaiah 64:5 Thou diddest meete him, that reioyced in thee, and did iustly: they remembred thee in thy wayes: beholde, thou art angrie, for we haue sinned: yet in them is continuance, and we shal be saued. Isaiah 64:6 But we haue all bene as an vncleane thing, and all our righteousnes is as filthie cloutes, and we all doe fade like a leafe, and our iniquities like the winde haue taken vs away. Isaiah 64:7 And there is none that calleth vpon thy Name, neither that stirreth vp himselfe to take holde 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 art our potter, and we all are the worke of thine hands.
It complaineth of their affliction.
Isaiah 64:9 Be not angry, O Lorde, aboue measure, neither remember iniquitie for euer: lo, we beseech thee beholde, we are all thy people. Isaiah 64:10 Thine holy cities lye waste: Zion is a wildernes, and Ierusalem a desart. Isaiah 64:11 The House of our Sanctuarie & of our glorie, where our fathers praysed thee, is burnt vp with fire and all our pleasant things are wasted. Isaiah 64:12 Wilt thou holde thy selfe still at these things, O Lorde? wilt thou holde thy peace and afflict vs aboue measure?