In the first reading Isaiah spoke five times about the Lord. We know that in the original Hebrew the word we translate as Lord was Yahweh, God’s mysterious, personal name that means He Who Is. Isaiah’s message is summed up in our Christian hymns “Yahweh, I know you are near.”
Yahweh, I know you are near,
standing always at my side.
You guard me from the foe,
and you lead me in ways everlasting.
Lord, you have searched my heart,
and you know when I sit and when I stand.
Your hand is upon me protecting me from death,
keeping me from harm.
Where can I run from Your love?
If I climb to the heavens You are there;
If I fly to the sunrise or sail beyond the sea,
still I'd find You there.