A couple of thoughts that jumped out at me from today's passages:
1) To me it is great comfort that no matter what happens in the world around us...war, earthquakes, floods, etc....Salvation is an eternal promise and God's righteousness will never go away. What a promise and a comfort!
2) Our God has strength and power beyond our comprehension. In verses 12-16 of chapter 51, God's people were in fear of oppression by their enemies. God reminds them of just how powerful He is and men (enemies) are like blades of grass. This drew a vivid picture for me relative to any struggles I might face and the need for me to be in constant prayer / communication with God.
3) In Isaiah 53 verses 3-6 stood out to me. It describes how rejected Jesus would be when he came to earth...yet despite the rejection of man He still would go to the cross and bare our sins. What we deserved he would bare for us, in spite of the fact that we would want nothing to do with Him. This is obviously a fulfilled prophesy in the New Testament. The thing that stood out to me was that Jesus was fully aware of the rejection He would face and what was going to happen to him, well in advance of coming to earth and taking the form of a man...yet He was still willing to do this for us. How often do I take time to sit back and thank God for his willingness to go through this for me...knowing full well it was coming and would be utterly painful for him. Thank you Lord for your willingness to be rejected, suffer and die on my behalf...a fate that I fully deserved.