Isaiah 12:1-6

Isa 12:1

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.


Chapter 12 is dripping with salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ.  This chapter continues the praises to God for salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ.  The day of grace will be a time of praise by the true believer and that will be both converted Jews and Gentiles.  Before a person is saved, God is at enmity with that person.  God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. (Psalm 7:11)  Once a person becomes saved, the war and enmity between God and that believer is now over forever.  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (Romans 5:1)  Now because of Christ the anger of the Lord is gone toward those who are in Christ for salvation.  Then because of Christ we are comforted through any hard times that we may face.  Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. (2 Corinthians 1:4)  The greatest deliverance a person can have is not a political deliverance as the Jews looked for but an everlasting deliverance from the fires of hell.


Isa 12:2

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.


Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. (Isaiah 45:22)  God is the author of salvation and there is no other way a person can become saved.  One cannot keep the law for salvation because they will fail in less than a heartbeat.  We trust in the living God for our salvation.  For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. (1 Timothy 4:10)  We are not afraid because when we have become saved it is for eternity and we never have to fear about being forsaken by God as the false gods forsook Israel when they went after them.  And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. (John 6:39)


The LORD Jehovah is my strength and song which is taken from the song of Moses when Israel was delivered from Egypt.  The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him. (Exodus 15:2)  Christ is the strength of the believer giving the believer the strength to go through difficult times while still upon this earth.  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13)  Then in the final phrase we know that God is the one who initiated salvation and completed it without any help or input from man.  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2) 


Isa 12:3

Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.


Just like in the wilderness when Israel had thirsted for the physical water.  Moses was commanded by God to strike the rock in Horeb whose name means “desert or dryness.”  Moses then struck the rock and out came water so people would be able to drink and their thirst was satisfied.   Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. (Exodus 17:6)  When a person becomes saved, they are drinking from the endless well of salvation.   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 4:14)  The well of salvation is akin to everlasting life.  The rock that Moses struck was a foreshadow of the Rock of Ages being struck on Calvary for the sins of the Elect.


Isa 12:4

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.


When a person becomes saved with everlasting life and they come to a full realization of what their salvation contains they will burst out into praises for the LORD and what he has done for us.  He takes the sinner, saves them, and then makes them Kings and Priests forever.  Then once a person becomes saved, we have the right to come to the LORD and petition him in prayer.  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. (Ephesians 2:18)  Then we are to go forth and to declare to the world, both saved and unsaved the glorious works of the LORD.  Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. (Psalm 96:3)  Religion tries to steal the fact that God is the only one who saves.  Evolution tries to steal the truth of God as the Creator.  The true believer is to set aside all these worldly attempts at suppressing the truth and we are to exalt the name of God above all these things as the true God who brings salvation and is the true Creator and Savior and nothing man creates will ever come close but will always fall short.


Isa 12:5

Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.


Then the works of the LORD both spiritual in salvation and in the creation will bring a song of joy to the redeemed heart.  O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. (Psalm 95:1)  Then those songs are to be sung publicly so all the inhabitants of the earth will hear.  Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. (Psalm 105:2)  This is one of the reasons we have congregational singing so those in the congregation who are not saved may become saved and those who listen from the outside will hear the songs of Zion.  And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (Isaiah 35:10) 


Isa 12:6

Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.


This is an appropriate conclusion for chapters 7-12.  Of all the LORD has done for the true believer in Israel and around the world, it should lead us to cry out and shout, that is, to bring the message of the greatness of the LORD to all the world.  We may not be able to go to a foreign country but we can support those who can.  The inhabitants of Zion are the true believers.  And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her. (Psalm 87:5)  Isaiah has much to say about the character of God who is the Holy One of Israel.  This does not only mean national Israel but it pertains to the Israel of God which is the true body of believers in Christ who see God as the Holy One in the midst of the body of believers.  Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. (Isaiah 48:17)