The Wells of Salvation
Abundance and Fruitfulness
Isaiah Chapter 12: The Wells of Salvation
Isaiah Chapter 12
1Then you will say in that day,
"I will give thanks to You, O LORD;
For although You were angry with me,
Your anger is turned away,
And You comfort me.
2"Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
For the LORD GOD is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation."
3Therefore you will joyously draw water
From the springs of salvation.
4And in that day you will say,
"Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name
Make known His deeds among the peoples;
Make them remember that His name is exalted."
5Praise the LORD in song, for He has done excellent things;
Let this be known throughout the earth.
6Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.
1. 12:1 Every Christian has to go through a deep inward experience of the cross. The first verse says, ‘Lord, You were angry with me, but now Your anger is turned away and You comfort me.’ Doesn’t that remind you of Isa 54:7? ‘For a small moment I have forsaken you; but with great mercies I will gather you. In a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; but with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you, says the Lord your Redeemer.’ Every Christian is a partaker in the ‘afflictions of Christ’, Col 1:24. It is a light affliction, which is but for a moment, but works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 2 Cor 4:17.
2. 12:2 is a verse repeated thrice in the Bible. The other two places are Exod 15:2 and Ps 118:14. When Moses and the children of Israel came through the Red Sea, they sang this song. ‘The Lord is my strength and son, and He is become my salvation!’ Exod 15:2. The powerful Psalm 118 speaks of deliverance from one’s enemies and their ultimate destruction. Here also the Psalmist cries, ‘The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.’ 118:14.
3. But here in 12:2 we read that God is our salvation, and He also becomes our salvation. It is the victory of faith: ‘I will trust, and not be afraid.’ Faith is tested in the fire of afflictions and comes out victorious. Every believer who seeks to know the Lord in a deeper way, goes through fiery trials. But the Lord is faithful, and brings him out victoriously. Psalm 118 speaks of the valiant and victorious right hand of the Lord, 118:15-16.
4. Through fiery trials we are brought into an abundant place. (Psalm 118:5 ‘large place’.) Psalm 66:12 says, ‘We went through fire and through water, but You brought us out into a wealthy place.’ Hence, here in Isa 12:3, it says, ‘Therefore with joy you shall draw water out of the wells of salvation.’ What was once a trickle is now an abundant flow. As David says in Psalm 23, ‘My cup runneth over.’ The Lord Himself in John 7:38 spoke of ‘rivers of living water’ flowing from the inner depths (belly) of a person.
5. The wells of salvation. Enough water to satisfy thirsty souls. You shall become a blessing to many. How do we become a blessing to others? Only by going through the inward experience of the cross. All afflictions lead to greater fruitfulness (Job 42:10, 12, 17).
6. The rest of Isaiah 12 ends with a high note of praise. Yes, having experienced the bountiful grace of God, and His marvelous deliverances, we will ‘declare His doings’ publicly, we will worship Him in the midst of the congregation of the saints, we will sing unto Him, for He has done excellent things for us in our lives. Truly, the Holy One of Israel dwells in the midst of His church (Zion, Isa 12:6). ‘Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable.’ Ps 145:3.
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