When God shows up
In that day you will sing: “I will praise you, O Lord! You were angry with me, but not any more. Now you comfort me. See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid. The Lord God is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.” With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation! Isaiah 12:1-3 NLT
When storms come into your life, you want God to show up. If He will not, you know you will be in big trouble. To live through times of difficulties is not easy. This is what the prophet Isaiah was writing about from the text. The Israelites were going through difficult times and they were longing that God will show up. They know that when He shows up, He will intervene. This is also our longings for we know that there is nothing like God revealing Himself in the situations we are facing in life. When Isaiah extolled the Lord by declaring His praise, He knew that God will always be there. “See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid. The Lord God is my strength and my song” (Isaiah 12:2). The same declaration of praise was made when Moses led the Hebrews crossing the Red Sea free from Egyptian bondage. “The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him—my father’s God, and I will exalt him!” (Exodus 15:2). When Jerusalem built the second temple led by Ezra, the people sung the same song of praise. “The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory” (Psalm 18:14). Because of God’s presence in the lives of His people, there will always be a message of hope. When God shows up in our lives, we will be changed forever. It will impact and change our perspective and source of confidence. It will also change the direction of our lives. This is why we can say with Isaiah, “The Lord God is my strength and my song; he has given me victory” (Isaiah 12:3). His working in our lives makes us sing with joy. “Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, “’Rivers of living water will flow from his heart’” (John 17:38). When God shows up, He will give us strength. No matter how difficult the days may be and nights seemed to be long and endless, let us trust God for He will be there to be with us.