Rev. Dan Eddy, pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Beloit, Wisconsin, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study Isaiah 12.
“The LORD God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” These familiar words echo here in Isaiah 12 and throughout Scripture. They originally come from the Song of Moses by the Red Sea. This song of praise continues the theme of a second Exodus, this time from Assyria instead of Egypt. God Himself is the one who works salvation and produces in us both humble awe and joyful thanksgiving.
He reverses our downward-flowing tears and gives us joy that wells up and bursts out from the ground. We are called to humbly make known His deeds among the peoples, though not everyone will humbly receive the Word. Yet, as did certain Israelites and Gentiles in the North in the day of Hezekiah, some will humble themselves and join us in our joy. To all who do, our risen Lord Jesus Christ will give “a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Thy Strong Word is a daily in-depth study of the books of the Bible with host Rev. AJ Espinosa and guest pastors from across the country. Thy Strong Word is graciously underwritten by the Lutheran Heritage Foundation and produced by the LCMS Office of National Mission.
The Lord Is My Strength and My Song
12 You[a] 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[b] is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.”
3 With joy you[c] 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[d] in all the earth.
6 Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
for great in your[e] midst is the Holy One of Israel.”
- Isaiah 12:1 The Hebrew for you is singular in verse 1
- Isaiah 12:2 Hebrew for Yah, the Lord
- Isaiah 12:3 The Hebrew for you is plural in verses 3, 4
- Isaiah 12:5 Or this is made known
- Isaiah 12:6 The Hebrew for your in verse 6 is singular, referring to the inhabitant of Zion