Isaiah 63:14 – As the cattle which go down into the valley, the Spirit of the Lord gave them rest. So You led Your people, to make for Yourself a glorious name.
It is in the valley where the meadows are found that the cattle find rest. It is a place of grazing and the place of chewing their cud. The Spirit of the Lord desires to lead us into green pastures for His name’s sake. For the child of God, it is the place of eating the Word of the Lord. The Word of God is not just meant to be read, but eaten and digested. Part of the digesting process is to ruminate on the Word. This means to meditate and think upon God’s Word repeatedly. The Word of God is meant to go down and then come back up for more chewing. This process is similar to what a cow experiences in the chewing of its cud.
In this valley, during the times of eating, meditating, and memorizing God’s Word we find our greatest rest. Isaiah 63:14 references the fulfillment of God’s Word to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob through the people of Israel, when He gave them the land He had promised. The Scripture says that “the Lord gave them rest on every side . . . the Lord gave all their enemies into their hand” (Joshua 21:43-44). God’s purpose was to make a glorious name for Himself.
Through the Lord Jesus Christ, He is continuing that purpose. The Father is working by His Spirit through His glorious body, His church. “For as many are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us” (2 Corinthians 1:20). Our rest is truly found in receiving God’s Word, speaking God’s Word, and in doing the will of God, all of which brings glory to His name.
Ask the Holy Spirit each day to lead you to the place of His rest. Ask Him to give you grace to receive all His promises that are yes, and to help you decree the Amen, so that your life may bring glory to His Holy Name. Father, thank You for the place of rest You have provided for me in Christ Jesus.