2 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”
Often in the midst of the difficult circumstances of this life we are tempted to turn from the truth and cast hope aside. Yet in the worry and the fear Isaiah 12 reminds us of 3 great things:
There is no greater or more exciting truth that to know that Salvation is available to all. Isaiah says: “God is my salvation”. Notice that this is personal “my”, which begs the question, where is God your salvation? Acts 4:12 says that salvation is only found in Jesus Christ; sadly many think that this is exclusive yet it is really inclusive. If there was only one way to get somewhere and you didn’t tell people many would never find it and thus be excluded. God wants you to be included and He is not only the originator of salvation but also the orchestrator of Salvation. God is the great architect behind the plan of salvation, He is both the originator and designer. There have been times when man has tried to create his own plan of salvation or add to God’s plan with meaningless and cumbersome works. Yet scripture tells us that God is the originator and designer. God is also the orchestrator of Salvation, man would never come to God on his own, Romans 3:11 says “There is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.” Not only did God come up with the plan but through Christ God calls us to Himself for without Him there would be no salvation. Do you know the truth that through Christ you can have salvation? Have you accepted the truth?
“…I will trust, and not be afraid…” Notice that trust flows out of truth, because of the truth of God’s salvation we can trust in His plan. Our willingness to trust is not based on our circumstances but on the steady and unchangeable truth of God. I love Isaiah’s claim of trust “…I Will…” he does not say, “I might” but “I will”. The question is will we trust? Will we put our trust in the truth regardless of how dark the night becomes or how stormy the sea? What will be your claim, will it be I WILL trust or are you stuck in the may be? Trusting God is both trusting in everything and every day, because there will always be the temptation to trust sometimes in something’s. Trust is the antidote to fear “…and not be afraid…” because the reality of trust is that we can rest in God’s results. When we trust then fear is dispelled, unfortunately many live their lives in fear putting their trust in the unsecure.
“The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song”
Do you want to live a triumphant or a tragic life? Seems like a silly question but Isaiah reminds us that the outcome is based on who we put our trust in. Isaiah states two facts about our triumph, first the triumphant life is built on the strength of the Lord. Many of us start the Christian life trusting in God’s salvation but then we try to do life in our own strength. Isaiah says that “the LORD, is my strength.” Do you remember the children’s song “Jesus Loves Me”? The First line says, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong.” Sometimes it is good for us to be reminded of the simple facts, we are weak, but He is strong. Triumph will never be out of reach as long as “The Lord is our strength”. Are you trying to experience the triumphant life in your own strength or His? The second fact is that the Lord is not only our strength but He is our song, we are called to celebrate our salvation. As people we love to sing about our success and our victories. Most countries have a national anthem, most sports teams have a song designed to fire us up. As you wake in the morning and go through the day is God the subject of your song? Is the song of your salvation the tune of truth that you sing?