Before you were saved, you were at odds with God. You were, quite frankly His enemy. But when you submitted to the authority of Christ as your Lord, His blood for forgave every sin and made you righteous. He made it possible for you to have a relationship with The Father. Holy Spirit entered into you empowering and transforming you.
Believer, are you the same person today you were when you first received the miraculous gift of Salvation? Are you the same person now you were 5 years ago or 1 year ago? Very likely the answer is no. That transformation is not always easy. In fact sometimes it is downright terrible. But we rejoice, because we understand that He is changing us, making us more and more like Jesus each day.
Isaiah Chapter 12 is a song of praise to The LORD for His Salvation. It is 6 verses long, yet it is powerful and beautiful.
Verse 1 reads,
You will say in that day:
“I will give thanks to you, O Lord,
for though you were angry with me,
your anger turned away,
that you might comfort me.”
Isn’t that amazing, not only is He no longer angry with us, no longer in contention us but now He comforts us. Part of what Our Comforter does is transform us to be at peace with Him. No longer His enemy, but His friend, child, and representative.
Verses 2-6 read,
“Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the Lord God is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.”
3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. 4 And you will say in that day:
“Give thanks to the Lord,
call upon his name,
make known his deeds among the peoples,
proclaim that his name is exalted.”
5 “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously;
let this be made known in all the earth.
6 Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”
We are given the great privilege of embodying His glory! We proclaim His name, His deeds, His goodness, and His greatness. Not only do we declare these things verbally but by deed and in action. And His comfort, His salvation, and His joy are a never-empty well we can drink from anytime.
Read this chapter again, read it aloud and use it as Praise for God Our Salvation, our Strength and our Song, the Holy One of Israel!