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Give Thanks to the Lord

Posted by Josh Powell on with 1 Comments

Give Thanks to the Lord

 Isaiah 12

 1 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.

2 “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.” 

            The book of Isaiah begins with judgment. Israel had disobeyed the Lord and not followed his ways and the Lord was very clear that their disobedience would not go unpunished. However, the promise in Isaiah is that the Lord is going to carry out the punishment for their disobedience in an unusual way. He is going to send a savior, the Messiah. Throughout the book are many promises of this hero who would take the punishment for his people and redeem them.

Isaiah 7 tells us that this savior would be born of a virgin.

Isaiah 9 tells that he will be from Galilee and that he will reign with justice and righteousness forever.

Isaiah 40 tells us that he will have his way prepared for him with a messenger from the wilderness, and that he will be God.

Isaiah 52 tells us that he will come as a servant.

Isaiah 53 tells us that he will take the punishment deserved for his people, in their place.

Isaiah 61 tells us that he will bring good news to the poor and heal the brokenhearted. He will set the prisoners free and comfort all who mourn.

            In this way the book of Isaiah is not only a book proclaiming the judgment of God, but more than that a book of great hope!! The hope that in the midst of deserved judgment because of sin and disobedience there is the possibility of redemption. This redemption comes through the Savior who will come as both the King and the Servant; the hero!!

            Isaiah 11 is one of the passages that speaks of this coming Savior as well. It tells us that the Savior will come from the line of Jesse, which is from the throne of David. It tells us that the Lord’s Spirit will be upon him. (Is 11:2) It tells us that his delight shall be in the Lord and he will judge in righteousness. (Is 11:3-5) It tells us that he will introduce a new peace and that he will reign in peace. (Is 11:6-9) The passage also tells us that he will not only be the Savior of the Jews but the Savior of the nations. (Is 11:10-12) Isaiah 11 ends with the promise that the Lord will strike down his enemies and restore his wayward people. It is an incredible passage of salvation and restoration. It brings hope for all people in the Savior that the Lord God will send! The only proper response is thanksgiving and rejoicing!!

            That is what Isaiah 12 is all about. It is a song of thanksgiving to the Lord for his good gift of salvation. It is right for God’s people to give praise to the Lord when we are confronted with his graciousness and kindness to us. For Isaiah these promises were in the future, he sang praise to the Lord for what was coming. But, for us these promises are now! They have already been fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ. He is the Savior that fulfills all the promises of Isaiah. He is the reason we praise the Lord and the reason we give thanks to God for his good gifts!!

            As we celebrate Thanksgiving let us read Isaiah 12 and rejoice in Jesus! Let us read Isaiah 12 and celebrate “Draw water from the wells of salvation!” Let us,

“Give thanks to the Lord,
    call upon his name,
make known his deeds among the peoples,
    proclaim that his name is exalted.”

 

Questions and Discussion:

  1. Think about the promises of God in Isaiah and look to the New Testament at how Jesus has fulfilled each one.


     
  2. Why do we have confidence to call upon the name of the Lord?


     
  3. Why do you think the Scripture tells us to proclaim his name to the nations?


  4. List many of the reasons that you have to be thankful to the Lord.

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Comments

Gwen Smith December 1, 2017 9:33am

Thank you Father for answered prayer and promises kept.

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