Hymn of Praise

Isaiah 12:1–6 (NKJV)

12:1 And in that day you will say:

“O LORD, I will praise You;
Though You were angry with me,
Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me.
2 Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
‘For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song;
He also has become my salvation.’ ”

3 Therefore with joy you will draw water
From the wells of salvation.

4 And in that day you will say:

“Praise the LORD, call upon His name;
Declare His deeds among the peoples,
Make mention that His name is exalted.
5 Sing to the LORD,
For He has done excellent things;
This is known in all the earth.
6 Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion,
For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!”

Isaiah includes a song in this chapter.  His previous chapter spoke of the judgement impending upon Judah, but then spoke of God’s restoration after said judgment.  This chapter then declares that God’s people will sing songs of praise to God in light of His restoration of Judah.  His anger has turned away, and God has saved and comforted His people.  In response, the people will declare His deeds to all and exalt His name.

When sorrow, tragedy, or judgment comes upon a people, a family, or an individual, it is difficult to see the good.  When we mourn, rejoicing is far from us.  However, it is imperative that we look beyond the bad days and realize that restoration is possible, even probable, if we trust God.  God is faithful, and even if we have brought pain upon ourselves, God will restore if we trust Him.  Keep your eyes looking just beyond your pain, and see the powerful Savior waiting on the other side!

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