"In that day you will sing, 'I will praise you, O LORD!'" Isaiah 12:1a (NLT)
The phrase "in that day" jumps off the page with a shout! Isaiah and the people of Judah had an excellent reason to speak with strong feelings and excitement. This prophecy spoke of deliverance for the people.
The end of war. The end of oppression. The end of pain and suffering. That’s worthy of several exclamation points!
Can you relate to this type of celebration? Anyone who has been set free from the yoke of war, oppression, pain, and/or suffering can share in the emotion of these prophetic words. I have experienced deliverance, and my expression to the Lord was very similar to that of the people of Judah. Not only did Isaiah prophesy that they would sing upon deliverance, but that they would also:
- Trust in the Lord and not be afraid
- Say the Lord is their strength and song
- Drink deeply from the fountain of salvation (I love that–deeply!)
- Tell others what He had done
- Proclaim how mighty Lord is
- Make known His praise
After so many years of oppression, these words must have been water to the parched souls of the tribe of Judah. Think about a time God has freed you. As a result, do you now trust in the Lord and know He is your strength? Do you tell others about how mighty He is? Just thinking about freedom makes me excited! Do you feel like celebrating? I do.
Let’s make known His praise today and shout from the rooftops, "For great is the Holy One of Israel who lives among you." (Isaiah 12:6b NLT) He is our Deliverer!