ON THAT GLORIOUS DAY
Saturday, 9 March 2019
Isaiah 12 : 1-6
And in that day you will say: “O LORD, I will praise You;…..” -Isaiah 12:1
The reading today is an outpouring of praise as a response to the prophetic utterance of Isaiah in Chapter 11 about the coming Messiah –
The One in whom dwells the fullness of every good thing [Isa 11:2]
The One who is the righteous judge [Isa 11:3-5]
The One who will herald in global peace [Isa 11:6-8]
The One in whom the Gentiles will find rest [Isa 11:10]
The One who redeems His people [Isa 11: 12]
For all that the Messiah was to do, the prophet writes this ‘Hymn of Praise’ as a response from the Jews for their salvation.
Would we be any different in our response? What would we say for all that He has done for us and will be doing for us?
Praise Him (Isa 12:1)- The one reason we can praise Him is that He is no longer angry with us for all the sins we have done. God provided us a way to be delivered from the clutches of sin and Satan. He has poured out His compassion on us by sending His Son and our Saviour who faced the punishment for all our sins. As 1 Thess. 5: 9 says “For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us.”
Declare His deeds (Isa 12:4-5)- For all that Israel had experienced God’s power and grace, he is compelled to become His servant to proclaim His true nature to the world. This is not only true for Israel but for every believer in Jesus Christ.
So what are we to declare? The Psalmist lays it down clearly in Psalm 145:4-7
1. One generation will tell its children His mighty acts
2. Men will speak of the might of His awe-inspiring deeds.
3. You and I will declare His greatness.
4. Everyone will share the story of His wonderful goodness.
Wouldn’t it just be great to listen to all the great testimonies “On that day?”
Sing to the Lord (Isa 12:5) – Right through Scripture, we read about spontaneous songs of praise that rang out from the lips of men and women who saw the hand of God work on their behalf.
Be it Miriam after they crossed the Red Sea or Samson after killing the Philistines with a jaw bone, the Israelites when they found a well in the wilderness ,or Moses and Joshua who sang the goodness of God, the many Songs of worship sung by David or the New song that is right now sung in heaven by the elders and the living creatures – the Bible is punctuated with songs of the greatness and the goodness of God.
Even today, believers unite in one Voice to lift up the Lord’s name for His wondrous acts in each of their lives. This song does not end with our earthly journey. God is preparing for Himself a “Heavenly Choir” who will be singing at the Wedding of the Lamb. Until then the Prophet exhorts us to “drink deeply from the wells of salvation” (Isa 12:3)- meaning he wants us to dwell deeply in God’s truth, power, love, and glory so as not to lose our way in this earthly wilderness until we reach our Heavenly Abode.
Quote for the Day:
“The loftiness of man shall be bowed down,
And the haughtiness of men shall be brought low;
The LORD alone will be exalted in that day.”
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