Today, I would like to encourage you with Isaiah 12. I have used text from HCSB (Holman Christian Standard Bible) unless otherwise indicated.
This passage begins with the the psalmist thanking the Lord for His compassion and praise. We are called to turn to God in difficult times – He will listen to everything we have to say, even if we are directly disobeying Him.
On that day you will say:
“I will praise You, Lord,
although You were angry with me.
Your anger has turned away,
and You have had compassion on me.
The psalmist continues by declaring God as his strength and salvation. You can do this too and He will hear you.
Indeed, God is my salvation;
I will trust Him and not be afraid,
for Yah, the Lord,
is my strength and my song.
He has become my salvation.”
Christ promised to save us when we turn to Him in Luke 7.
Beginning in Luke 7:46, Jesus is at the house of a Pharisee. While he is there, a woman comes in, sobbing. She was described as a sinner, so it is possible that she could have been a prostitute or engaged in some other unseemly behavior like adultery. She cries at Christ’s feet – she kissed them, covered them in expensive fragrant oil and wiped them with her hair.
The Pharisee who had invited Jesus into his home was in shock over the fact that Jesus allowed her to do this. According to verse 39, “When the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “This man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what kind of woman this is who is touching Him—she’s a sinner!”
Verses 44-48 report, “Turning to the woman, [Jesus] said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she, with her tears, has washed My feet and wiped them with her hair. You gave Me no kiss, but she hasn’t stopped kissing My feet since I came in. You didn’t anoint My head with olive oil, but she has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; that’s why she loved much. But the one who is forgiven little, loves little.” Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Jesus was her strength.
Isaiah 12 continues declaring the joy of worshiping God in verse 3-4:
You will joyfully draw water
from the springs of salvation,
and on that day you will say:
“Give thanks to Yahweh; proclaim His name!
Celebrate His works among the peoples.
Declare that His name is exalted.
He is calling you and me to continue praising Him, even in the hardest of times. Verses 5-6 finish the psalm by reminding us of His presence and power.
Sing to Yahweh, for He has done glorious things.
Let this be known throughout the earth.
Cry out and sing, citizen of Zion,
for the Holy One of Israel is among you
in His greatness.”
I hope you have a peaceful and pleasant week.
On another note, I have started a YouTube channel! I have listed all our products there, but I also posted a YouTube video in Spanish about learning another language! I will post other videos in English later, but I felt this one needed to be in Spanish…