DRAWING WATER WITH JOY -- Monday:
"Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation." (Isaiah 12:3)
Centuries before the Savior entered into the world to accomplish our reconciliation, God began to speak of the glorious day of salvation. From the Garden of Eden through the revolutionary ministry of John the Baptist, the proclamation of a better day was sounded in the ears of humanity. Prophets wrote about it, singers sang about it, and the righteous prayed for it. No matter how bleak life became, faith could see the star of hope shining in the blackness of the night created by the introduction of sin into the world.
Isaiah's prophecy is particularly replete with references to the day of salvation. He foretold the birth, sufferings, and death of the Redeemer. He also chronicled the impact His vicarious sacrifice would have upon the sons of men. The work of Jesus would not be "done in a corner," and its effects would ripple throughout the world.
The twelfth chapter of Isaiah is refreshing in this regard. It speaks of a time when men would become acutely aware that God's anger had been turned away from them–a time when God Himself would comfort His people (v 1). It was a day when God would undertake the work of saving His people – shouldering all of the responsibility for their sin, and accomplishing all of the work required to form a basis for their acceptance. With refreshing insight the people would confess that GOD HIMSELF was their salvation. HE would be their strength, and HE would be their song. In summary the people would acknowledge, "He also is become my salvation" (v 2).
Once perceived, the very people who were noted for no faith would cry out, "I WILL TRUST, AND NOT BE AFRAID!" Those who drew back in terror at the voice of the Lord would now "run the way" of His commandments, approaching Him without fear, and hungering and thirsting for righteousness. Insightful and expectant exhortations would be shouted to "Praise the Lord," call upon Him, and declare His doings among the people (v 4). Refreshing songs would be sung unto the Lord, and His excellent doings would be made known in all of the earth (v 5).
An eternal well would be made accessible to men – a well from which they could draw energizing nourishment and refreshment. The "water of life" drawn from this well would be conducive to joy and great delight. No more would religion be noted for somber tones and morose feelings. A certain liberty would be experienced that loosed the tongue and made strong the ankle bones of praise. Hear the promise again. "Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation."
God's people must beware of any approach to God that shuts up the "wells of salvation." Like Isaac's wells, salvation's "wells" are many. There is one where you are – one from which refreshing water for the heart and soul can be drawn with joy. In fact, God places these wells within us: "a well of water springing up into everlasting life" (John 4:14). It is like a large well with many different springs of water, bursting through the crust of life to furbish and fortify the soul. Are you drawing water from the "wells of salvation?" The water you need is there to be drawn up by your faith. I encourage you to draw often and drink fully of this water.
PRAYER POINT: Father, in the name of Jesus I thank You for the deep and satisfying nature of Your great salvation.
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