A Cosmic Longing

Trygve and Kristen Johnson

READ : Isaiah 64:1-7

O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence. (v. 1)

“As the deer panteth for the water, so my soul longeth after Thee.” The image in this song expresses the thirst in the very core of our being for the God who is our life and sustenance.

Similarly, this verse from Isaiah expresses a longing that is cosmic in scale and scope. The prophet asks God to make himself known and felt and seen the world over. The prayer is that God would reveal himself so vividly that the mountains would quake (v. 1), nations would tremble (v. 2), and God’s unclean, forgetful people would be forgiven (vv. 6-9).

God answered this prayer through Jesus Christ. Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection ushered in the restoration of creation; Christ’s lordship covers all nations and peoples; and in Jesus’ name we are made clean and reconciled with God our Father.

Yet this prayer remains ours, for the season of Advent reminds us that the full disclosure of what Christ has accomplished awaits his return. We continue to pray for the day when Christ will come to fully restore his creation.


Father, we continue to pray in the Spirit for the day when Christ will come to fully restore his creation.