Isaiah 12 follows up on the previous chapter where the Messiah takes the throne. There has been some punishment handed out for failing to obey and keep free of idolatry. But now praise comes from the heart of the one that has surrendered to the Messiah as king, and enjoys the benefits of His reign. “You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me”. Even when God punishes us for our sin, His banner over us is still love. We need to take comfort in that unchanging truth.
We need to decide to praise the Lord, even when we feel the Lord’s anger against us. Sin carries a price. We will go through trials and suffering. Some of it will likely be directly related to our sin. God can’t just look the other way. When we choose to sin, and yes sin is always our choice, we will pay a price. Jesus Messiah went to the cross to pay the overall price for sin, but that doesn’t mean that our sin doesn’t still have consequences. We need to realize we serve a holy and righteous God.
“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”. God is our salvation, and has made provision for our sin problem through sending the Messiah. He alone is our way. We need to relish that expression of love and grace, and realize the mercy God is showing us through His provision of a Savior. Our response should be praise, overwhelming praise, that never ends.
We get a glimpse of how we should respond to this truth: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth. Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel”. Not some passive, laid back, take it for granted relationship. Our God has provided us an amazing gift in Messiah. We need to celebrate it and do it well!