Though chapter twelve is a short one it is full of song. In fact it has two songs. They are songs of the deliverance of Israel for the final time. It is of a time yet future. The prophet Isaiah shares with Israel/Judah that there is coming a day when they will be praising the LORD of host; the Holy One of Israel.
“And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise Thee: though Thou wast angry with me, Thine anger is turned away, and Thou comfortedst me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon His name, declare His doings among the people, make mention that His name is exalted. Sing unto the LORD; for He hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.” Isaiah 12:1-6 (KJV)
Some things which I want to point out-
- The people recognize the LORD’s anger, now in that future day forgiveness;
- The people, the prophet recognize the LORD is their salvation;
- The LORD shows Himself doubly able to save in the phrase “LORD JEHOVAH” through this song.
- The people will “draw water out of the wells of salvation”
- There will be praise in the mouth of the people when they see the Holy One of Israel in their midst.
This is very relevant for the Christian of our day, any day as a matter of fact. We always need to remember that the LORD hates disobedience which is sin, and all sins committed or sins of omitted obedient acts; and with our Lord there is forgiveness. We must always remember that God is my salvation. Remember the name of the prophet Isaiah means “God is salvation”. The Lord’s use of the double “Jehovah” assures us that He is God, He is awesome, He is all powerful, all Present, all knowing, invisible, unexplainable, and immutable [unchanging].
According to John’s gospel chapter 4 we could see that those who know Jesus Christ are in a sense “Wells of salvation” –
“Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:13-14 (KJV)
Until Jesus comes we have within us the water of everlasting life flowing from our hearts and lives because of the work of Jesus Christ on His cross.
We look forward to that day when Israel will look upon Him whom they have pierced and be saved. We are delighted, full of excitement, when one lost sheep comes into the fold of our Lord.
There will be singing in that glorious day. Let everyday of your life be a musical. Sing unto the LORD. Be that overflowing well of salvation you are called to be as a Christian.
-Tim A. Blankenship