Hello Friends! I am writing to you from North Carolina where my husband has a business trip. The only downfall to this get-a-way is that I brought Pittsburgh weather with me. Is it too much to ask for some sunshine with my sweet tea?
Today, as I was looking out my hotel room window at the sleet falling from the sky, I opened my Bible to Isaiah. I’ve been slowly taking my time through the book.
When I came across Isaiah 12 the melody to an old song played through my mind. Right away I began wondering how much scripture I know just based on songs I sing at church. I’m a firm believer in memorizing scripture.
Scripture is living. It slowly pieces back together broken sections of our lives. The power of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit live within the passages.
Isaiah 12 is a hymn of praise…
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!”
Even though, in the midst of corporate worship, I’ve vocalized a portion of the words in chapter 12 more times than I can count, verse 3 not only caught my eye today, but also my heart…
Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
Sometimes we take salvation for granted. Would you agree? We become so caught up in our everyday life struggles that we forget the enormous price which was paid for our sin. We forget we can experience a joy like no other from the One who is like no other.
Within our salvation resides an abundant gift from an abundant God. He alone is the Giver of joy. He quenches a thirst which cannot be fulfilled through any other means. For those who believe in the great and mighty name of Jesus, His Son, He spoke life into our souls and wrote our names in the book of life.
With a joyful heart we can serve a God of love, life, and joy. We can praise Him for excellent things. (Isaiah 12:5) No matter what your circumstances may be, you have a God you can turn to. You have a God who can restore your joy. You have a God who sent His Son so that you can have salvation.
You have a reason to sing!
Take courage and be blessed!