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11 Deep Drinking Joy – Part 1

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Isaiah 12:1-6 – In that day you will sing: “I will praise you, O Lord! You were angry with me, but not any more. Now you comfort me. 2 See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid. The Lord God is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.” 3 With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation! 4 In that wonderful day you will sing: “Thank the Lord! Praise his name! Tell the nations what he has done. Let them know how mighty he is! Sing to the Lord, for he has done wonderful things.   6 Make known his praise around the world. Let all the people of Jerusalem[a] shout his praise with joy!  For great is the Holy One of Israel who lives among you.”

Today if you need a reason to rejoice then listen to the words of Isaiah. This is a song of praise for the captives coming home, a song for the sinner who finds salvation, and a song for the backsliding believer who is comes back to Christ. God saved us for a purpose and that purpose is praise, it’s a word that’s mentioned over 200 times in the bible. Here Isaiah says that we should praise Him for He is our:

  • Salvation

Isaiah mentions salvation here three times, and reveals one of the most amazing truths, that God’s righteous anger against our sin is turned away from us. David paints this picture of peace in Psalm 103:8-12: “The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. 9  He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. 10 He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. 11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. 12 He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.” Part of the sweetness of salvation is seeing and admitting the truth that God has a right to be angry with me but isn’t. In Romans 3:23 Paul points out how short we are because of sin:  “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” God has a right to be angry with me over my sin but instead His anger was turned to His Son. Isaiah 53:4-6 says: “Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! 5 But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. 6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.”  When was the last time you really stopped to let the coast of your salvation really soak in, and consider what your Savior really did for you on the cross? Jesus didn’t just take my physical death, He took my spiritual death, an eternal death. Without Jesus death on the tree I was heading for an everlasting torment in Hell. This is the greatest exchange of all time, I got God He got my guilt, I got God’s promises He got my pain, I got pardoned He my punishment. He took the death I deserved so I could have His life I didn’t deserve. In Romans 5:6-9 we are reminded that the gift of grace is not because we are good but because He is God: “6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 9 And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.”  Salvation gives us a reason to shout, so what about you are you experiencing Jesus joy in your life? If not it might be because you have wondered away from the well of your salvation. Thirst always comes when we trade trusting for trying. I think our problem today is that we have become content to sip from the supply when we could be slurping, “With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation!” Are you drinking deeply from the source? In John 4:4-12 Jesus talked to the Samaritan woman about salvation and the real well water of life: 4 “Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour. 7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8(His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” 11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?” 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” Jesus is the well and He offered this woman the water she needed. At first this woman chose to argue with wisdom, what a waste of the well. Yet how often do we argue with the Almighty instead of drinking from the well of His Word? Today what are you drinking deeply from, is it the fountain of life or lies? This woman was caught up in the carnal but after Christ she chose life. Only truth can quench your thirst. Maybe today you’re not feeling the joy, maybe someone has hurt you or betrayed you. Maybe a loved one is going through a terrible illness, or dying from a deadly disease. The truth is that no matter your situation you can always drink deeply from the fountain of salvation. Hurt does not hinder hope. Salvation is not just our help it is our healing, it brings us peace in the panic and comfort in the chaos. Are you rejoicing in your rescue, are you praising in His provision? It feels good to be forgiven, yet far too many of us are sipping from the free fountain of forgiveness. Today is it time for you to stop sipping and start slurping?

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