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Isaiah 12

Updated: Sep 17, 2020

Daniel Tan

Isaiah 12 (NKJV)

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.

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.’ ”

Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation.

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.

Sing to the Lord, For He has done excellent things; This is known in all the earth.

Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion, For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!”

Today, let's take a look at the hope that lies at the end of the past few chapters. Isaiah 12 rides on the Messianic prophecy of Isaiah 11 to talk about this hymn of praise that Isaiah says the Israelites will sing during the day of the Messiah. The phrase “And in that day you will say” is used twice in this short poem, indicating that the two parts (vs. 1-3 and vs. 4-6) are connected. Indeed, Part One of the poem indicates the praise of the people, whilst Part Two indicates this call to worship. Not only is Israel so filled with zeal and awe to worship, but the proclamation of worship extends even further. Part One seems to be speaking as if a child to a parent: “Though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away and You comfort me”. God is no longer angry. The fury of God does not last forever; it is quick to go and in turn does not come silence but comfort. God is seen as the salvation of Israel; not as a force to be feared but as a pillar upon which trust can be laid. Notice the repetition of the idea that the Lord is salvation. This emphasises the theme of God being the salvation of Israel, despite the punishment and the consequences that had been delivered due to the disobedience of the people. Part Two on the other hand is a proclamation. To declare the deeds of the Lord and to make mention that His name is exalted; not to spread fear about God but to sing about His excellence. The key point here is not to dwell on what has been done, but rather to proclaim what greatness God has and what salvation there is to come. Not out of fear but out of praise. It is tempting to paint an image of a wrathful God, but Isaiah here encourages that we worship God in awe rather than through fear. The point is that God isn’t some tyrannical figure but a comforting parental figure who just wants to set things right and sometimes has to discipline. This is a good break from the destruction in the previous chapters and a preparation for how badly God will punish those who raised their hand against His nation.

Daniel Tan

Daniel is currently and forevermore will be a student and a learner, trying to delve into the deep conundrums of life and seeing where the path leads. He enjoys linking different things in life back to God through strange and seemingly random connections. Daniel is in the Young Professionals ministry of the Central Christian Church.

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