It is quite amazing the way that the Lord works. In the 12th Chapter of Isaiah, the prophetic Word is spoken: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted.” (Isaiah 12:4)
This song of salvation is sung in the midst of God speaking judgment against those who reject Him — against those who reject His Word. Even as He uses the nation of Assyria to bring forth His judgments, Isaiah also speaks God’s Word of judgment to the Assyrians, showing how the Lord is actively keeping order in His creation. Of course, we all deserve judgment as people who are created by the Father in Heaven. Sadly, because of our sin, our judgment is deservedly unfavorable. We are judged unrighteous and deserving condemnation, just like the many nations that are spoken against in Isaiah.
Yet, the song that is sung in Isaiah’s 12th chapter is not simply one that reminds us to “make known His deeds,” but it begins with the prophetic Word of salvation: “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me.” (Isaiah 12:1)
We are judged unrighteous and we DO deserve condemnation, but God is truly loving and faithful. Instead of punishing us, He takes the punishment upon Himself at the cross, dying for our sins and giving us His new life. His life defeats death and condemnation, truly showing us what it means to turn away His anger, that He might comfort us. Like He promises for those who turned away from evil during the time of the prophet Isaiah, He promises the same for all of His faithful people — the promise of His comfort, of His GOOD News. Together, we give thanks and MAKE KNOWN HIS DEEDS, for they are the work of salvation for us.
Peace, hope, and love in all ways & always,