Need an easy-to-learn memory verse? One that rolls right off the tongue? Try Isaiah 32:8. For me, the rhyme, rhythm, and repetition slip easily into a tune or chant. Try it a few times: “But the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.”
But, what does it mean?
Let’s start with a definition. Noble, as an adjective, means having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideals. It refers to excellent or superior quality, mind, or character.
Isaiah uses the term to describe three things in one short verse: a man (or person), plans, and deeds.
For application, I want this verse to describe me. I want to be that noble person. I want to be in tune with the Holy Spirit and God’s Word so that I strive to live by His principles and reflect Jesus in my life.
Next, I desire for God to guide my plans, praying for doors of opportunity to open and wrong ones to close, and for my priorities to be right. I also pray for the Lord’s help in how to use my time, talents, and skills for the work He has for me to do.
Finally, I want my deeds to be noble, of excellent or superior quality. I shouldn’t be content doing a half-way or incomplete job. I should offer God my best.
Now, in no way, am I anywhere close to achieving the ideal of being or acting noble but having this verse in my heart and mind helps remind me what I’m striving for.
So, one more time: “But the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.”