A Song of Praise

While crossing the Atlantic on an ocean liner, F.B. Meyer was asked to speak to the first class passengers. At the captain’s request he spoke on “Answered Prayer.” An agnostic who was present at the service was asked by his friends, “What did you think of Dr. … More

Praise

This chapter is a hymn of praise. “Salvation” is a key theme in this song.  The refrain in verse two “The Lord, even Jehovah, is my strength and my son; He is also my salvation,” was sung at the Exodus (Ex. 15:2) and at the rededication of the temple in Ezra’s day (Ps. 118:14). It also was sung by the Red Sea after the Jews had been delivered from Egypt by Moses. It was sung in Jerusalem when the second temple was dedicated under the leadership of Ezra the priest. It will be sung again when the Jewish nation accepts Jesus Christ as its King. They will recognize Him as “the Holy One of Israel” and will willingly obey His word. This hymn of praise is a graphic description of the people’s joy when Jesus comes to reign over the earth.

God’s anger is no longer directed toward the people of Judah (vv. 1-3). To draw water from the wells of salvation (v. 3) pictures living according to God’s principles and thus participating with joy in the blessings He will provide. The remnant will thank the Lord and will call on each other to let the world know what God has done (vv. 4-6). All people will sing to Him because of His glorious deeds. All preaching must include the declaration of who the Savior is and what He has done for us.

Application

This chapter is a reminder of how we need to be expressing our gratitude to God by thanking Him, praising Him, and telling others about Him. From the depths of my heart I must praise Him and share this good news with others.

Isaiah 12:1-6 (English Standard Version)

You will say in that day: "I will give thanks to you, O LORD, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. "Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation." With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day: "Give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. "Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth. Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel."

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