The Church prayeth for the illustration of God's power.
Isaiah 64:1 Didst Thou not rend the heavens? Thou didst come down, From thy presence did mountains flow, Isaiah 64:2 (As fire kindleth stubbleFire causeth water to boil,) To make known Thy name to Thine adversaries, From Thy presence do nations tremble. Isaiah 64:3 In Thy doing fearful thingswe expect not, Thou didst come down, From Thy presence did mountains flow. Isaiah 64:4 Even from antiquity [men] have not heard, They have not given ear, Eye hath not seen a God save Thee, He doth work for those waiting for Him.
Celebrating God's mercy, it maketh confession of their natural corruptions.
Isaiah 64:5 Thou hast met with the rejoicer And the doer of righteousness, In Thy ways they remember Thee, Lo, Thou hast been wroth when we sin, By them [is] continuance, and we are saved. Isaiah 64:6 And we are as uncleanall of us, And as a garment passing away, all our righteous acts; And we fade as a leafall of us. And our iniquities as wind do take us away. Isaiah 64:7 And there is none calling in Thy name, Stirring up himself to lay hold on Thee, For Thou hast hid Thy face from us, And thou meltest us away by our iniquities. Isaiah 64:8 And now, O Jehovah, thou [art] our Father, We [are] the clay, and Thou our Framer, And the work of Thy handall of us.
It complaineth of their affliction.
Isaiah 64:9 Be not wroth, O Jehovah, very sore, Nor for ever remember iniquity, Lo, look attentively, we beseech Thee, Thy people [are] we all. Isaiah 64:10 Thy holy cities have been a wilderness, Zion a wilderness hath been, Jerusalem a desolation. Isaiah 64:11 Our holy and our beautiful house, Where praise Thee did our fathers, Hath become burnt with fire, And all our desirable things have become a waste. Isaiah 64:12 For these dost Thou refrain Thyself, Jehovah? Thou art silent, and dost afflict us very sore!'