Isaiah 12

Isaiah 12

The Lord Is My Strength and My Song

12   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.
  “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.”

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. 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.
  “Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously;
    let this be made known in all the earth.
  Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
    for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”


Isaiah 12 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

Isaiah 12:1 is a mirror image of Paul’s writing in Romans 6:17. Compare the two passages.

Then you will say on that day, “I will give thanks to You, O LORD; For although You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, And You comfort me.

Isaiah 12:1 NASB

But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed

Romans 6:17 NASB

The idea is not to glorify our sinful state, nor to hide it. It is acknowledged in the context of God’s infinite mercy. Though we were slaves of sin, God made a way for us. The deliverance is two-fold. It is both from ourselves (our sinful nature) as well as our enemies of the natural and spiritual world.

This calls for a celebration! This chapter is a song of gratitude to the Lord. Let us rejoice for what He is has done! What should our response be? As verse 2 says, trust and do not be afraid. This is exactly what Isaiah was trying to get King Ahaz to do back in Chapter 7. Because we believe in the Salvation of God’s people, we will trust Him and fear nothing.

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