Considering the context of Isaiah 12, we can conclude that the purpose of this chapter is to give God’s people comfort and hope; one can easily see Israel asking “What about us?” after hearing about the approaching day of Jehovah’s judgment. To address both the heart and the mind of His people, to convey the formality of His work of redemption and the sweetness of His mercy, the LORD guides His servant to write His word in a literary format known as wisdom literature. Here, Isaiah evokes tender images of care and expressions of delight and joy, at the same time that the certainty of His work is reaffirmed. This short chapter ends with the expected external manifestation of the internal conviction the Triune God of the Universe gives to His people.
For your consideration
- What is the song of your soul? What type of song is it?
- When facing life, where does your strength come from?
- When is it easier for you to believe His work of redemption is impersonal?
- How do you enjoy His personal and intimate work of redemption in you?
- How do you feed a transactional relationship with God? How do you sustain your own pride/ignorance?
Conduct a self-check (according to our Shepherding Compact), trying to identify spots of pride/ignorance in your spiritual formation. Share the results with those keeping you accountable (Small Community).