One of my very favorite praises of God is proclaimed in Isaiah 12:2, “The Lord God is my strength and my song and He has become my salvation.”

 

All at the same time, this passage is an expression of praise, hope, comfort, joy, confidence, trust, deliverance, and so much more.

 

I pray this passage when I am in need. I proclaim this passage when joy leads my heart to praise. I remember this passage when my soul seeks comfort.

 

No one can endure everything by themselves. In fact, people really can’t endure anything alone.

 

The Lord desires people to call upon Him in the day of trouble (Psalm 50:15).

 

He is ever ready to be people’s source of strength, to deliver them in the midst of suffering and tribulation, danger and affliction.

 

Because the Lord is the strength of all who call out to Him, He is worthy of their praise.

 

He is their song as they sound forth the joy of salvation.

 

For the Israelites, this was often a reminder of deliverance from slavery in Egypt. When they were helpless, God led them out.

 

However, Isaiah proclaims here a different, but similar, song of salvation.

 

He proclaims a song of praise to the Messiah.

 

“In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the people- of Him shall the nations inquire, and His resting place shall be glorious” (Isaiah 11:10).

 

By His death on the cross and third day resurrection, Jesus reveals Himself to be the world’s salvation from sin and death.

 

In that day, He becomes the salvation of the world by laying down His life for the sins of the world.

 

In that day, He sets people free from the darkness of sin to serve God and serve one another in love.

 

In that day, He brings the promise life to a world where the only sure thing was eventual death.

Travis Lauterbach is the pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church located in the Falcon Ridge Business Park in Mesquite, NV.