Sing Through The Circumstances  11-17-19 Johnathon Held     

Isaiah 12 is a short chapter. Only 6 verses. In that day you will say: “I will praise you, Lord. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me. 2 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.4 In that day you will say: “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.5 Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.6 Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”

This is a song of praise written by Isaiah. The first part of this song really reflects what was said by Moses in Exodus Chap. 15. Isaiah is looking back at Israels history when God delivered His people from Egyptian bondage. After the Israelites passed through the Red Sea songs of praise were sung. The second half of verse 2 says “The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” This echoes what Moses says in Exodus 15:2“The Lord is my strength and my defense;he has become my salvation.”

 

Then if you skip to vs. 5 in Isaiah this actually echoes what Moses’ sister Miriam sang in Ex.15:21. Isaiah is intentional in his connection here. This was a form of salvation for the Israelites in the old testament. God had seen their state of bondage and oppression. He heard their cries and He rescued them from it.

 

I want us to think back on our own lives. What has God rescued you from? Maybe it was a sickness or disease. Maybe it was depression or anxiety. Maybe He brought you through a tragic event such as a fire or a car accident. Maybe He simply rescued you from a broken heart.

 

Whatever it may be, what kind of song could your heart sing because of it? I urge you to really think and meditate on this.

 

So often we allow our current circumstances to control our thoughts and emotions. The song your heart is singing is that which your mind is most dwelling on. So do your best to get your thoughts on Him and on things He has already done for you. Find your song!

 

As we look back at the text Id like to point out that this is a prophetic song. Meaning it not only remembers deliverance in the past but it also looks forward to a future deliverance. The name Isaiah actually means Jehovah is salvation. The meaning of Isaiah’s name also gives the main theme for the book. Salvation is from the Lord. The word salvation occurs 26 times in this prophecy and only 7 times in all the other prophets writings put together. I know we hear the word salvation all the time, but what exactly does it mean?

 

Salvation is defined as preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss. You see, throughout the first 10 chapters in the book of Isaiah his texts speak prophetically about the coming defeat and exile of Israel. Isaiah warned Israel that her wickedness would be punished. But in Chap. 11, there is a promise of restoration. A promise to preserve a remnant to return back to Israel and restore the defeated kingdom. A promise of salvation! We know now that this is exactly what happened, but at the time this was being written it was all yet to be fulfilled. So I can imagine that this promise of restoration, of salvation, while Israel was faced with defeat, bondage, and oppression in a foreign land was something they placed great hope in.

 

I can just imagine the way they were singing this song as they were travelling from Assyria back to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. Whats so great about this promise of restoration is that it still has yet to be completely fulfilled.

 

So what does this mean for us? Chap. 11 promised more than just a restoration of a remnant to Israel. It promised a messiah. It promised that God in His grace would one day provide a Savior for both the Jews and the gentiles.

 

Isaiah 11:10 says, “In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious”. The root of Jesse refers to David and the promise made by God to David in 2 Samuel. 2 Sam. 7:12-13 says “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. As we now know, Jesus Christ was this seed.

 

In the 1st verse of Isaiah 12 we see it says ““I will praise you, Lord.Although you were angry with me,your anger has turned away and you have comforted me.

 

Many people don’t like to think about God’s anger. But as we read the scriptures I believe it is impossible to ignore. God is justifiably angry over sin because He is just and perfect, He is Holy. To love us the way He does means He has to utterly hate sin because sin only works to separate us from Him. But although God was angry, it says His anger has turned away. How did His anger turn away though?

 

I automatically think about Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane praying. In Matt. 26:39 Jesus asks “O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me”. A lot of people think He was talking about the physical trauma. The horrible scourging He was about to endure. The chunks of flesh that would be ripped from His back as the bits of metal and bone attached to the whips dug into Him. The crown of thorns that would be slammed into His skull. The spikes that would be driven through His hands and feet. But I believe this cup was filled with so much more than just physical pain. This cup was the cup of God’s wrath. This cup was filled with all of Gods righteous anger.

 

Not only would Christ endure this unimaginable pain and death on the cross but He would have placed on Him every drop of Gods anger and wrath for every sin ever committed. Christ bore on Himself all of the wrath and judgement that was really meant for all of us. That is love! That is love in a form we cant even begin to comprehend.

 

I'm going to close with this. Knowing the price at which this anger is turned away from us should give us a reason to truly sing! We can look at what Christ has done for us and see clearly the picture of our salvation. Yes it is true that God will deliver us from some of life’s problems and pains. He is love and He wants the best for us always. But yet sometimes we still find ourselves in bad situations facing various circumstances that seem to take us to our wits end at times. But I’d like to remind you that God has already saved us from something so much worse than anything we could face in this life. He has spared us from the wrath that was rightfully due to each and every one of us. He poured it all out on His only begotten son for you and for me!

 

How does it feel to know we serve a God that loves like this? We are all guilty according to God’s standards and have all turned our backs on Him in one way or another yet through His incomprehensible love He has graciously sent His son into the world to die for us and to pay a price none of us could have ever paid.

 

No matter what your circumstances today may be or what worries or concerns you may have for tomorrow, dwell on what He has already done for us and let your heart sing a song of praise to Him for it. Dwell on the hope he has set before us and praise Him for it. Sing through the circumstances! In the light of what He has done and what He yet promises to do our circumstances seem so small and insignificant. Dwell on Him and let your heart sing the song it has because of Him. “In that day you will say: I will praise you, Lord. Although you were angry with me,your anger has turned away and you have comforted me.2 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.4 In that day you will say:

“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. 5 Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things let this be known to all the world.6 Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion,for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”  Let us Share His love and declare His goodness wherever we go because He has freely shared with us. Let our hearts continually sing a song of love because of the way He has loved us.

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