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13 Deep Drinking Joy – Part 3

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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 shout his praise with joy! For great is the Holy One of Israel who lives among you.”

Not only should we praise Him because He is our salvation and strength but also our:

  • Song

When God brought the universe into existence, Job 38 says: “The morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy” In Exodus 15 when God brought the Children of Israel out of bondage in Egypt, his people sang: “Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord “I will sing to the Lord,     for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.” One day when this world has wound down and God’s plan of redemption comes to a close, we will gathered before Him and sing the song of the Lamb, Revelation 15: “They held harps given them by God 3 and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb: “Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations. Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.” You were saved to sing and it is the Savior that puts the song in your souls. Verse six calls us to raise a ruckus, to shout our song of praise till it reverberates around the world, “Make known his praise around the world. Let all the people of Jerusalem shout his praise with joy! For great is the Holy One of Israel who lives among you.” Our praise should penetrate this planet; it should sound throughout the world. Have you ever noticed that the shouting side is the winning side? When there is a contest you can recognize the side that has the upper hand by their enthusiastic praise, because they are winning their supporters are singing. The question is which side are you on? The victorious or the lost, are you on the defeated side with the devil or part of the party of praise because you placed your faith in Jesus Christ? If you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ then its time to voice the victory, we are on the winning team not the whining one. In verse 2 we are told: “The Lord God is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.” Only the Savior can put a song in your soul, and how do you know if your song is from the Savior? What are you singing about, your success or His?  Does the song of your soul point to self or the Savior? What do you want people to recognized, your results or the Redeemers?  Isaiah calls us to “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. Make known his praise around the world. Let all the people of Jerusalem shout his praise with joy! For great is the Holy One of Israel who lives among you.” It’s about His ways and His work, don’t waste your breath on worry when you could be worshipping. Are you praising your problems or your provider? We were made for a mission, we have a ministry, its time to rise up and rejoice, to voice the victory, to join in the chant of celebration, and participate in the parade of praise. That is what is missing in many of our lives today. We act like we are losers instead of the Lord’s loved. Does your life song sing of God’s greatness?  Pastor Shadrach Meshach Lockeridge was born in 1913 and died in 2000, He was the pastor of Calvary Baptist where his ministry reached more than 100,000 people. He preached at crusades, revivals, religious rallies and evangelistic conferences all around the world. But do you know what he is best known for? His shortest sermon, a six and a half minute description of Jesus Christ, known as “That’s my King!” Today take time to soak in his song about his Savior because in the end it is all about Jesus:

-“No means of measure can define his limitless love. . .

-No barrier can hinder him from pouring out his blessing.

-He’s enduringly strong and he’s entirely sincere.

-He’s eternally steadfast and he’s immortally graceful.

-He’s imperially powerful and he’s impartially merciful.

He’s God’s Son.

-He’s the sinner’s Savior; He’s the centerpiece of civilization.

-He supplies strength for the weak. . .

-He’s available for the tempted and the tried.

-He sympathizes and he sees.

-He guards and he guides. . .

-He’s the key to knowledge.

-He’s the wellspring of wisdom.

-He’s the doorway of deliverance.

-He’s the pathway of peace,

-He’s the roadway of righteousness,

-He’s the highway of holiness,

-He’s the gateway to glory. . .

-He’s the master of the mighty,

-He’s the captain of the conquerors,

-He’s the head of heroes, He’s the leader of the legislators,

-He’s the governor of the governors,

-He’s the Prince of princes, He’s the King of kings, He’s the Lord of lords.

His promise is sure.

-His life is matchless.

-His goodness is limitless.

-His mercy is everlasting.

-His love never changes.

-His word is enough.

-His grace is sufficient.

-His reign is righteous.

-His yoke is easy and his burden is light.

It’s easy to let His song be swallowed up by the sorrow from the storms of this life, to lose focus and forget how great a Savior we serve. Today, are you rejoicing in your relationship with Jesus? Will your life be one of singing or sighing?

2 thoughts on “13 Deep Drinking Joy – Part 3

  1. Thank you Giles I choose to shout Praise to The Lord for I am on the winning side of the Team (Team Jesus). Thanks for the reminder to look at the good and give the Glory to Christ not self! Needed that! Appreciate all your work and gifts that you share with others, know it is making a difference in Jesus family. Thank you!

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