God’s Saving Word: Joy
Isaiah 12:1–6: Today’s reading is in the form of a psalm of thanksgiving, praising God our savior and source of strength.
Hymn of Thanksgiving
12 A day is coming when people will sing,
“I praise you, Lord! You were angry with me,
but now you comfort me and are angry no longer.
2 God is my savior;
I will trust him and not be afraid.
The Lord gives me power and strength;
he is my savior.
3 As fresh water brings joy to the thirsty,
so God’s people rejoice when he saves them.”
4 A day is coming when people will sing,
“Give thanks to the Lord! Call for him to help you!
Tell all the nations what he has done!
Tell them how great he is!
5 Sing to the Lord because of the great things he has done.
Let the whole world hear the news.
6 Let everyone who lives in Zion shout and sing!
Israel’s holy God is great,
and he lives among his people.”
Today’s Key Verse: Isaiah 12:5
Sing to the LORD because of the great things he has done. Let the whole world hear the news.
Today’s reading is usually connected with the vision of Isaiah 11:1–16 since it envisions a time of praise following the restoration of Israel and Judah and the reign of a righteous king. For what is God being praised? Verse 5 encourages singing to God because of the great things he has done. What great things has God done in your life? What will you “sing” to God about today?
Holy God, you are my savior, and I sing your praises, proclaiming the great things you have done. May the good news of your salvation be spread throughout the world. Amen.
Isaiah 54:1–17: The restoration of Jerusalem is promised.