Isaiah 12:2,3 - God is my salvation! I will trust Him and not be afraid, for He is .....
Isa.12:2,3: God is my salvation! I will trust Him and not be
afraid, for He is my strength and my song. With joy I will draw water
from the wells of salvation.
CONTENT; What's in the verse; Translations; Paraphrase; Word
Isaiah 12:2, 3 (AMP) Behold, God, my salvation! I will trust
and not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and song; yes, He
has become my salvation. Therefore with joy will you draw water from
the wells of salvation.
God is my salvation. In the last days the faithful remnant will
be saved from the power of the enemy by the hand of the Lord. [SDA
The Lord Jehovah. A repetition of the sacred name, first in its
abbreviated form and then in full. [SDA Commentary]
Wells. Perhaps an allusion to God's abundant provision of water
for Israel during the desert wanderings. But here God's future
saving act is itself the "well" from which Israel will draw life-giving
water. [NIV SB]
Wells of salvation. Christ is the fountain whence flows the
water that will bring life and healing to the nations. [SDA
CONTEXT; What's around the verse; Overview; Topic:
A reluctant Ahaz was given the sign of Immanuel (7:1-16), and
told that Assyria, on whom he relied, would bring devastation to
Judah (v. 17-8:22). Yet a Child identified as "Mighty God" would be
born and reign on David's throne (9:1-7), but not before the
wickedness of Israel, Judah, and Assyria have been punished (v. 8-10:19).
The survivors of Judah would rely on the LORD (10:20-34), and
Messiah will establish God's righteous kingdom worldwide (11:1-12:6).
[The 365-Day Devotional Commentary]
This chapter is a hymn of praise--another graphic description of
the people's joy when Jesus Christ comes to reign over the earth.
Even now we need to express our gratitude to God--thanking him,
praising him, and telling others about him. From the depths of our
gratitude, we must praise him. And we should share the Good News with
others. [Life Application SB]
A Song of Praise to God
Songs of Praise for Salvation
The Lord Is My Strength and My Song (12:1-6)
CROSS REFERENCES; What's in verses elsewhere.
Psalm 118:14 (KJV) The Lord is my strength and song, and is
become my salvation.
Isaiah 26:4 (KJV) Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the
Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:
Isaiah 45:22 (KJV) Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends
of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
Romans 1:16 (KJV) For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that
believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
1 Tim. 3:16 (KJV) And without controversy great is the mystery
of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the
Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the
world, received up into glory.
Psalm 36:9a (KJV) For with thee is the fountain of life:
Isaiah 55:1-3 (KJV) Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to
the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea,
come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.  Wherefore
do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for
that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye
that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. 
Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and
I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure
mercies of David.
Jeremiah 2:13 (KJV) For my people have committed two evils;
they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them
out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
John 4:14 (KJV) But whosoever drinketh of the water that I
shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him
shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
John 7:37-38 (KJV) In the last day, that great day of the
feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come
unto me, and drink.  He that believeth on me, as the scripture
hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Rev. 7:17 (KJV) For the Lamb which is in the midst of the
throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of
waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
Rev. 22:17 (KJV) And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And
let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come.
And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
COMMENTARY / APPLICATION: Moving From The Head To The Heart
What is God teaching here? What does it teach about Jesus?
Hebrew maidens sang as they drew water from their life-giving
wells. These words fit well the messianic picture of ch 11. They find
their deepest fulfillment in Jesus Christ, the Water of life (Jn
4:10). The living water in God's well of salvation can never be
exhausted. [Disciple SB]
We Live In Hope (ISA. 11-12)
One of the best movies I've seen in several years is Dead Poets'
Society. It tells the story of a teacher who challenges students at an
exclusive private school to think for themselves--with tragic results. One
young man finds the courage for the first time to do what he wants
rather than what his father demands. He acts in a play. His angry
father takes him out of the school, tells him he has to spend the next
10 years studying for a medical career, and forbids him to ever act
again. That night, unable to face such a future, the young man takes
his father's gun and commits suicide.
That's a strange thing about suicide. Most people who kill
themselves do so because they feel hopeless. Most who kill themselves don't
do so because of some terrible present lack. They have money, food,
clothing, shelter, and friends now. It's just that looking ahead, they
can't see any meaningful future.
Isaiah 11 and 12 remind us that it's just the opposite for true
believers. The believer of Isaiah's day faced imminent danger from powerful
foreign enemies. His society was marked by injustice; many may well have
been homeless and hungry. Yet what Isaiah offered God's people was a
vision of the future. A descendant of David (11:1) will appear, to
establish righteousness on earth (vv. 2-5). In His day nature itself will
be at peace (vv. 6-9). All the hostile world powers that have
threatened Judah will rally to Israel's Messiah, and the LORD will "reach
out His hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of
His people" (vv. 10-16). Then God's people will know the full
meaning of salvation, and will together sing praises and give thanks
Inspired by this vision of the future, the believer was filled
How strange it is. The suicide, who has everything needed for
life on earth, kills himself because he can't face the future. Yet
many a believer who has suffered persecution or lacked life's
necessities has lived victoriously because his hope is fixed in God.
In Christ, the future is never truly bleak. Beyond whatever
darkness we face, we know there lies a glorious tomorrow. [The 365-Day
"No man ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when
tomorrow's burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more
than a man can bear. Never load yourself so. If you find yourself so
loaded, at least remember this: it is your own doing, not God's. He begs
you to leave the future to Him, and mind the present." George
MacDonald [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary]
The preceding three chapters spoke of deliverance with strong
messianic implications. Isaiah provided a psalm of thanks for the people
to sing when God fulfills His promises. Praise is the language of
the day of the Lord. [Disciple SB]