NKJ Isaiah 48:18 Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
"Inference.—God wishes men to be saved. God sometimes pleads with men to be saved for His own pleasure: it would be pleasant to Him; it would make Him glad; as in the parable of the lost sheep. Sometimes He pleads for His own glory. (Jer. xiii. 16; Mal. ii. 1.) But here it is for the happiness of sinners themselves. So Ps. Lxxxi. 13. Once more, He pleads with men, because unwilling that any should perish (2 Pet. iii. 9)."
Andrew Bonar, Memoir & Remains of Robert Murray M'Cheyne (Banner of Truth, 1995), p. 512. This can also be read online HERE.