Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, on the throne of David, and on his kingdom, to order it…
If we ask anything according to His will, we know that He hears us; and if we know that He hears us, we know that we have the petition that we desired of Him — not only that it will be our, but that it is our, to be used forthwith for His glory, because the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform it.
1. Are you in need of counsel? Reverently and thoughtfully claim the wisdom of the "Counsellor;" reckon that you have it, and act to the best of your judgment, believing that His wisdom is threading it with its unseen direction. And when you have acted, whatever be the results, dare to believe that you were directed to do the best thing, and never look back.
2. Are you in need of strength? Reverently and believingly claim the power of the "Mighty God," and reckon that it is yours; and go forth to any work to which He may call yon, believing that you are adequately equipped. You will not know what power you have till you begin to use it.
3. Are you in need of unchanging love and affection, in a world of incessant disappointment, in which the warmest friendships cool/ and the dearest friends die? Reverently and gladly avail yourself of the love of me "Father of the Ages," the I AM, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
4. Do you want peace? Reverently and trustfully claim His peace, who is the "Prince of Peace; and know that it is yours in the depths of your soul, though the surface of your life be still swept by storms. These are two great words — "claim" God's fulness, and "reckon" that whatever you can claim is yours, although no answering emotion assures you that it is. Dare to act in faith, stepping out in the assurance that you have what you have claimed, and doing just as you would do if you felt to have it. But this is only possible when you have put the government, where God the Father has placed it, on the shoulders of Jesus. It is there by right, but it must be also there by choice and acquiescence.
(F. B. Meyer, B. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
WEB: Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, on the throne of David, and on his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from that time on, even forever. The zeal of Yahweh of Armies will perform this.