The Lord Is My Strength and My Song
12 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.”
Isaiah 12 Commentary
by Hank Workman
I woke stressed. Crazy how that happens when you come out of a deep sleep and immediately are bombarded with something. This day was off the charts. I hate mornings like this.
The stress level comes from various sectors. Work-related, my schedule, relationships, personal things – all piled on like some menu item featured on a Food Network’s Ginormous Food episode. As each morning begins with my prayer time, this was no different. Although tempted to sidestep and do some work, I knew nothing would change if I didn’t hold true to my commitment to this. In a beautiful way, God met me.
Did anything on the packed agenda change today in that hour? No. Did I suddenly have insight toward something of which I interceded about. Nope. Was there a sense of relief or this ‘Aha’ moment over the things I brought before God. Nada.
No, the difference was I met with God. The difference was I kept my appointment to speak with Him starting my day on the right foot, no matter what awaited. And something miraculous happened. As I continued in my prayers, a lightness of outlook came. A focus on Him and His power was the focal point.
This 6 verse chapter of Isaiah focuses on the praise to God. Starting with “Then you will say on that day…” (NASB) reflects back to the powerful reign of Jesus the King found in the previous chapter. Bursting with thanksgiving, praise to the Mighty One, it is a complete position of a heart surrendered.
Here’s my thought – without surrender, we will not find purpose. Without surrender, we will have unattainable joy. Without surrender, our hearts will be so muddled by life and circumstances and yes even rebellion toward the things He’s asking. We will be stuck in a deep rut of overwhelming and unfulfilling circumstances.
The Holy Spirit is always meddling. He’s always working in us toward the greater picture. Our own sticking point comes when we flat out refuse to be obedient or walk through even whatever it is He’s asking. The Holy Spirit is also always leading. Even through my stress of this morning, He was leading me out through a time of praise and focus on God and not the piled high responsibilities and disappointments.
“God is my salvation. I will trust and not be afraid. For the Lord God is my strength and son and He has become my salvation.”Isaiah 12:2
Wherever this finds you today, look toward these words. You want strength to go forward in whatever situation you are in? Look toward Him and intercede to Him about this. You want to have a deep trust in where God is calling or what He’s asking you to endure? Look toward Him. Bring this to Him. Focus on praise to God for His faithfulness in the past, knowing He will be faithful today.
Keep your appointment.
Isaiah 12 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
Isaiah 12:1 is a mirror image of Paul’s writing in Romans 6:17. Compare the two passages.
Then you will say on that day, “I will give thanks to You, O LORD; For although You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, And You comfort me.Isaiah 12:1 NASB
But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committedRomans 6:17 NASB
The idea is not to glorify our sinful state, nor to hide it. It is acknowledged in the context of God’s infinite mercy. Though we were slaves of sin, God made a way for us. The deliverance is two-fold. It is both from ourselves (our sinful nature) as well as our enemies of the natural and spiritual world.
This calls for a celebration! This chapter is a song of gratitude to the Lord. Let us rejoice for what He is has done! What should our response be? As verse 2 says, trust and do not be afraid. This is exactly what Isaiah was trying to get King Ahaz to do back in Chapter 7. Because we believe in the Salvation of God’s people, we will trust Him and fear nothing.