The stark contrast of the glorious vision of victory in chapter 35 and the frightening world of chapter 36 displays something of what we experience living in today's world with God's promises. It gives us a sense of what we have to stand on when Monday comes after a glorious covenant renewal service on the Lord's Day.
"It leads us not away from reality, but more deeply into it. It arms us with the knowledge of what will be, so that we can confront what is...with renewed courage and steadiness of purpose." - Webb, p147.