The Lord Is My Strength, Song, and Salvation
Drawing Joy from the Wells of Salvation
by J.M. Troppello
Every now and then I think it’s good to read through the Psalms or Book of Isaiah and find hymns of praise to read and reflect on. That can definitely impact your perspective in a positive way, and help you turn a negative attitude around. I love this passage of scripture from Isaiah 12.
And in that day you will say:
“O Lord, I will praise You; Though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me. 2 Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’ ”
3 Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation.
4 And in that day you will say:
“Praise the Lord, call upon His name; Declare His deeds among the peoples, Make mention that His name is exalted. 5 Sing to the Lord, For He has done excellent things; This is known in all the earth. 6 Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion, For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!”
(Isaiah 12, NKJV)
According to the Thomas Nelson Study Bible (TNSB), “This first hymn of praise for God’s salvation by the restored remnant after the second Exodus (Isaiah 11:12-16) resembles Moses and Miriam’s hymn of praise after the first Exodus from Egypt (Ex. 15).” This passage in Isaiah 12 speaks about God’s anger toward the remnant. The people were dispersed among the nations due to His anger. You can read more about that in Isaiah 5:25 and 9:12.
However, God was gracious to His people again and that would bring their regathering to pass.
In verse two (Isa. 12), you read that God is the psalmist’s salvation. The first psalm of redemption was written by Moses in Exodus 15. He referenced in 15:2 that God was his strength, song, and salvation. Moses and the children of Israel sang that song to God. Psalm 118:14 again references God is the psalmist’s strength, song, and salvation.
In verse two (Isa. 12), the words YAH and Lord are used. “By its repetition, this emphasizes that Israel’s covenant-keeping God—and not the nations—brings salvation” (source: TNSB). You can read more in Isaiah 26:4 about YAH the Lord being an everlasting strength for those who trust in Him.
I love the imagery of the psalmist going to the wells of salvation to draw water from it with joy. Water is often associated with salvation by the Hebrew poets (source: TNSB). You can read in Exodus 17:1-7 how God instructed Moses to strike a rock and then water rushed out to satisfy the thirst of the people.
I feel that way about praise. It is like a well-spring of life to my spirit. When I am so focused on my problems, God reminds me to simply take the time to start praising and worshipping Him again. That always refocuses my heart and spirit back onto God.
The words from verse five are so true. You should sing to the Lord, for He has done excellent things. I don’t have everything I want in this life. However, I have everything I need.
Is God your strength, song, and salvation?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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