Today, in the first day of our devotional focus on joy, we are going to explore how we can be carriers for the joy of our God. Joy is contagious. It’s decisive! It’s direct! It’s powerful! It’s transformational! And it’s meant to be at the heart of our communication of who our God is, and what relationship with him is like.
May God fill us all with a greater measure of his joy every day, and a greater understanding of how to shepherd that joy into a world in desperate need of it.
Isaiah 12 Amplified Bible
12 And on that day you will say,
“I will give thanks to You, O Lord;
For though You were angry with me,
Your anger has turned away,
And You comfort me.
“Behold, God, my salvation!
I will trust and not be afraid,
For the Lord God is my strength and song;
Yes, He has become my salvation.”
Therefore with joy you will draw water
From the springs of salvation.
And in that day you will say,
“Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name [in prayer].
Make His deeds known among the peoples [of the earth];
Proclaim [to them] that His name is exalted!”
Sing praises to the Lord, for He has done excellent and glorious things;
Let this be known throughout the earth.
Rejoice and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.
The Word of God for the Children of God. In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Amen.
Isaiah 12 is a short chapter that rings with praise for God. The context is ‘in that day’ (verse 1 and 4) which refers to the previous chapter where it is talking about the millennial kingdom where Jesus will reign (remember, His delight is in the fear of the LORD). So, it is saying, ‘in the millennial kingdom, this is the song that you will sing.’
There are a few things we need to give our undivided attention to which are praised, as you would expect, but the part that stuck out for me was verse 2.
Isaiah 12:1-2 Names of God Bible
A Hymn of Praise from the Lord’s People in His Kingdom
12 At that time you will say,
“I will praise you, O Yahweh.
Although you had been angry with me,
you turned your anger away from me, and you comforted me.
2 Look! El is my Savior.
I am confident and unafraid,
because Yah is my strength and my song.
He is my Savior.”
Here, not only is God portrayed as our Savior (in the person of Jesus Christ), but He is our salvation also. He is the object that we are saved to. He is the means and object of our salvation. It is hard to conceive in light of this verse of being saved for our own sake, or for our happiness or whatever other man-centered ideas have arisen over the time. We were not saved for ourselves but for God.
BEHOLD! Look! Take note! Think about and contemplate this glorious truth, “God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the LORD GOD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.” God, the Lord Who covers Himself with light and rides upon the wings of the wind is my strength, my song and my Saviour.
Behold, the everlasting God Who declared, I AM that I AM, is the author and Alpha, the beginning and source of my salvation and He is also the finisher, the Omega, the end and the absolute finality of my life. There is no created thing in heaven above or in the earth beneath that can claim the credentials of Jehovah my God, so how can I fear? Why should I not have this irresistible urge to sing? What can be done to me when the Lord God has become my eternal security?
This is the glorious song of ecstatic praise and great rejoicing that Israel will sing in harmonic unison in that future day, when the saved remnant of God’s chosen people will eat of the fruit of the land of Israel in peace and security.
This is the psalm of thanksgiving and joy that will be sung in the streets of Jerusalem when their Messiah-King returns from heaven to sit on the throne of His father David, “for Judah will be saved; Israel will dwell securely, and they will herald the Lord Jesus Christ as, ‘The LORD who IS our righteousness.'”
But this has already become a hymn of unparalleled rejoicing for generations of Christians. This has become part of that never-ending hymn of praise that is sung by all who have been saved by grace, through faith in His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection. We who have been born again can already say with certainty, “the Lord my God is Jesus Christ, He is the Lord my righteousness.”
In these vaccinated, mask on mask off, socially distant coming days of one more government regulation or mandate after another, before us, can we in any degree or measure of the Holy Spirit and in “Word of God for the Children of God Truth” cry out to God and say, “I have trusted Him, and I am not afraid – for nothing can separate me from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus?”
Can we herald our heavenly Bridegroom as our God and Savior (John 14:6?) Is He or Covid19 our Lord Jehovah and can we confess with full assurance, “He, Jesus is MY Strength and MY Song, and He became MY Redeemer at Calvary?”
The worth of the gift is intensified by the worthiness of the Giver, and the immeasurable value and inestimable blessing of salvation to the unworthy sinner is without comparison in both the visible world and the invisible universe. Is it beyond human comprehension that Yahweh has become my salvation through the sacrifice of His own life on the cross of Calvary?
Knowing that my salvation is secure in Yahweh‘s worthy hands, every facet that touches my life is equally under the protection of His mighty power, for He has become the foundational bedrock upon which my confidence rests and He is the ever-flowing fountain of living strength that infills my heart and overspills into songs of worship and shouts of praise to His wonderful name. (Psalm 118)
If we indeed trust wholeheartedly in that salvation then we have no need to be afraid, for we are fully sheltered from the storm by Messiah Jesus. And when we are saved, God becomes two things (at least) to us: our strength and our song.
God being our strength is different from us needing God to give us strength. Isaiah is saying that God IS our strength! We are genuinely nothing without God. Secondly, God being our song portrays 100% joy. We should have immense joy in God because he has saved us! We should be singing out not only about our God, but God should be our song: that is, God should be the joy that inspires us.
This all should lead us to an attitude of ceaseless praise of God. Let each of us remember today God is the only one worthy of praise, and He is our salvation!
Psalm 118:19-29 Names of God Bible
19 Open the gates of righteousness for me.
I will go through them and give thanks to Yah.
20 This is the gate of Yahweh
through which righteous people will enter.
21 I give thanks to you,
because you have answered me.
You are my savior.
22 The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
23 Yahweh is responsible for this,
and it is amazing for us to see.
24 This is the day Yahweh has made.
Let’s rejoice and be glad today!
25 We beg you, O Yahweh, save us!
We beg you, O Yahweh, give us success!
26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of Yahweh.
We bless you from Yahweh’s house.
27 Yahweh is El, and he has given us light.
March in a festival procession
with branches to the horns of the altar.
28 You are my El, and I give thanks to you.
My Elohim, I honor you highly.
29 Give thanks to Yahweh because he is good,
because his mercy endures forever.
In the name of Yahweh, the Father, Yahweh the Son and Yahweh the Holy Spirit, let us enter His gates with thanksgiving, with humbled souls and with bowed hearts.
Thank You, Yahweh, for my wonderful salvation. Praise the Lord O my soul, for You are a great and mighty God worthy of my life of devotion and service. As I read, study and pray through your Scriptures, going into the world today as Your anointed and appointed representative, give me increased boldness to speak the name of Jesus. May my life reflect Your grace and goodness, to Your praise and glory. In Jesus’ name I pray, Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen.