by Prof. Piff Pereira
“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” – Isaiah 12:2-3
Isaiah, son of Amoz, wrote his greatest prophetic compilation during a stormy period in Israel’s history; them facing the threat of subjugation by the Assyrian Empire under Tiglath-Pileser III (733BC). The Assyrians were a cruel and fearful people. The Prophet encourages the Israelites to put their trust in God. He preaches to them setting the example in his testimony when he says, He is my strength … He is my song … He is my salvation.
As a people of faith, we are often challenged to look to God when skies are dark, and clouds are heavy. When we find ourselves in the middle of a storm, burdened with a sense of grief, guilt and hopelessness; this is when we can share the Prophet’s realization that God is our strength. Then we can have this confidence – that every winter yields to spring and that God will renew our strength (c.f.Isa.40:31).
When the Lord is your strength, He will be your song too. The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation, is a quote from the Song of Moses (Ex.15:2), where we witness a burst of gratitude for redemption. It was after the Old Testament epitome of redemption. This redemption through Moses was still only a shadow of the great salvation that was to appear to all men; the glorious appearance of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us. (Tit.2:11-14). Our redemption has become a fountain of joy, and the joy of the Lord is our strength (Neh.8:10). Forgiveness has transformed divine displeasure into assurance of salvation. Yes, God is my song!
Surely God is my salvation … He has become my salvation. Salvation comes from the heart of God. Salvation comes from the resources of God. The heart of God depicts the depth of his determination, and his resources are infinitely able to support that determination. With joy will we draw from the wells of salvation!
One of my past most loved activities was to hike in the Drakensberg. I remember a hike towards Ndedema Gorge, when we came across a spring; actually the spring became a well of about one metre in diameter and one-and-a-half meters in depth – the water was clear and the sun was at a height when one could see the bottom of the well. The sand grains, washed clean by the oozing water, were moving excitingly at the bottom unable to be washed out with the flowing water. We drank from that well. It was cool and refreshing. Never, before or after, have I enjoyed water like that. There was no struggle for this clean and cool flow. We could drink as much as we wanted.
Such is our salvation. Every meditation on God is drawing from the well of salvation. Every sermon I hear or preach is drawing from its unceasing flow. Every testimony I give comes as clean washed expressions of excitement. Every praise I offer to God is drawn from this well of salvation. Every act of kindness is a provision from the bountiful benefits from this well. Praise God for a well, inexhaustible, deep, eternal, wholesome and satisfying! It is ever fresh, ever abundant, ever free and ever wholesome and able to renew our strength and put a song in my heart and yours. Hallelujah!