Songs of Praise
1 In that day you will say:
“I will praise you, O LORD.
Although you were angry with me,
your anger has turned away
and you have comforted me.
2 Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust and not be afraid.
The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.”
3 With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation.
4 In that day you will say:
“Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name;
make known among the nations what he has done,
and proclaim that his name is exalted.
5 Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things;
let this be known to all the world.
6 Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion,
for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”
A Personal Prophecy
As we know, Isaiah is primarily a book of prophecy, speaking of events that are to come. We’ve seen prophecies that dealt with God’s heart, and his response to his people forsaking what is important to him. We’ve seen prophecies that focus on international and socio-political dealings. These are all large and quite grand in nature and scope, and are very impressive.
But in this passage, we see something different: a personal prophecy. Here, Isaiah foretells not the response of God, or of nations, but of individuals. After all the turmoil fades, after the hardship and discipline and repentance, “you will say, ‘I will praise you Lord.'”
I think there is a promise in there for each one of us, that even though we might be going through a very difficult time, it is prophecied and guaranteed that after all of it has passed, we will praise God for the good that he has accomplished. Of course, when we’re in the moment, it feels like we’ll never see any good coming out of our circumstances. But remember the words we read here, that we WILL SAY (not may, might, could), “I will praise you Lord.”
1. What is one circumstance of your life of which you feel no possible good can come out of it?
2. Use your imagination for a moment: is there anything that God might accomplish from this situation?
3. In prayer, claim this promise from the passage, that you WILL be able to joyfull praise God when this is all done – does this promise make you feel any differently about your situation?