Isaiah 12:1-3 And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. 2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. 3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
Any time the word "therefore" (verse 3) shows up you have a cause and effect situation. The cause can be found in verse 1 of the chapter and it sets the context for the ability to draw from the wells of salvation. "Though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me." All enmity between God and the writer is gone. Verse 2 tells us the LORD JEHOVAH has become his salvation and He now is his strength and song. The writer also tells us that where fear once reined trust has replaced fear. The writer can now with joy draw from the wells of salvation he has mentioned.
What might we glean from the allegory of salvation having "wells" to draw from? If we will look closely at the passage we will see comfort, trust, strength, song, salvation and joy. These are six "wells" that the author was drawing from. I might add that in verse 3 he says "ye" which includes all who meet the conditions.
In verse 1 we see that God was angry but now His anger is turned away. The writer's position before God has changed. Where he had seen an angry judge he now saw a saviour. Where there had been fear there was now comfort. We can all draw from this same well: In John 14:27 it is written. "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." To be able to draw on the peace that passeth all understanding (Philip. 4:7) brings comfort to our hearts above measure and enables us to face the future in confidence.
Peace cannot come without trust. Trust means that we can place complete confidence and not worry over the outcome. In our Saviour we can place complete trust to do as He has said. He has told us that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5). We know that we can draw from this same well a complete confidence in our eternity. He has promised us everlasting life (John 3:16) and also we will be with Him where ever He is. (John 14:3).
In these wells of salvation we also can draw courage. David said: "The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" ( Psalm 27:1) In these dark days we are in and as darkness only deepens as we have a tendency to be afraid. Jesus tells us we need not fear and indeed if we have the love of God in our hearts as we should, we will not fear for: There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18) If we are drawing fear from a well we can rest assured it is not God's well. 2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Strength by the bucket-full is found in one of the wells of God's salvation. The strength however will be God's strength and not our own. We can draw from it but it cannot and will not originate from us. Ephesians 6:10 admonishes us to "be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might." It is the Spirit of God that is the source of a Christian's strength. Paul said in Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Only through faith in God will we ever be strong and we must draw from Him to be strong.
When we have drawn from these wells in abundance the heart will break forth in singing. When we have been filled to the brim with the Spirit of God we will be in constant communion with our Lord and "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;" (Eph. 5:18) Whether you can carry a tune in or not your entire being will sing out unto the Lord. There will be an elation about you that you will not be able to contain and your cup will truly run over.
Comfort, trust, strength, song, salvation and joy from wells that never run dry. What more could a person wish for?
Presented by Brother Dwight Rhodes
Within the precious hours of each day, smiling souls delight in prayer
Guided by the Spirit of Truth; protected by angelic care.
Hearts are filled with peace from the holy kiss of Light,
Changing us with saving faith and new humble sight.
The children of God rejoice in His eternal place
Surrounded by His glory and amazing grace.
Be still now and listen to the
Infinite heart song
The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty;
he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy;
he will rest in his love,
he will joy over thee
Julie Pisacane © 2007
Posted By Pages of My Heart Ministry