“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, com, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price” (55:1). “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (55:6,7). What beautiful invitations!
These invitations go out not only to the people of Jerusalem but to all. The Lord says, “’My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.’ The Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares, ‘I will gather yet others to him besides those already gathered’” (56:7-8). To a people who are hungry and homeless and naked (58:7), what great news! “’And a Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression,’ declares the Lord’” (59:20).
Come, ye weary, heavy laden,
lost and ruined by the fall;
if you tarry till you’re better,
you will never come at all.
I will rise and go to Jesus!
He will save me from my sin.
By the riches of his merit,
there is joy and life in him. --Joseph Hart (1759)