9/6 Isaiah 12:2

2 "Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation."

The last half of the verse is a quotation from Moses (Exodus 15:2). Isaiah is using the quote to prove that what he is saying in the first half of the verse is true. Those who know God as their Savior can trust and not fear. That is because God is their strength and the song of their lives. They don't rely on their own ability or power. They rely on the One who has all power. Their souls are not filled with songs of temporal satisfaction or pain, but rather of the One who has become their Savior.

In the original language of Hebrew, the beginning of our verse for today is a revelation. God (El - the mighty Creator) is my salvation (Yeshua - the name of Jesus)! Sometimes I hear people ask, "If Jesus is the Messiah, why doesn't the Old Testament make it clear?" Well, it does, over and over again. From types and shadows to direct prophecies, to specific statements, the Old Testament tells us that Jesus, our Messiah, is God.

Notice that Isaiah had a very personal God that he claimed as his own. He says, "'the LORD GOD (Yah YHWH) is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation (Yeshua)." (emphasis added by author) Jesus always is the Savior, but for Isaiah, Jesus had become his personal salvation. There was a point in time when Isaiah was saved by his forward looking faith that God would provide atonement for his sins. Isaiah entered into a personal relationship with God ("my salvation") and found God to be his strength and his song.

Consider: What is your source of strength? What is the song of your life?