Therefore With Joy Shall You Draw Water Out Of the Ways of Salvation
Isaiah 12:3-4 – “Therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation. And in that day shall you say, Praise the LORD, call upon His name, declare His doings among the people, make mention that His name is exalted."
Isaiah the prophet was quoted more by the Lord than any other prophet. As such, he deserves a place of prominence in the long list of prophets and prophetesses found in the Bible.
Beginning with the book of Isaiah through the end of Malachi, we see the fall of Israel from a free people to that of slaves. Sin and rebellion against God always brings slavery of some kind.
Chapter 12 is a prophetic chapter dealing with Israel during the millennium reign. We know this because Isaiah 12:1 begins with the words, “In that day,” referring to the glorious time when Israel, having repented, is now acknowledging Christ as Lord and Messiah.
Even though the chapter is prophetic, we find some great truths that are applicable to the believer today. They are:
Isaiah 12:3 says, “With joy shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation.”
The word joy means “gladness, mirth, pleasure, laughter, and rejoicing.” This joy is only available from “the wells of salvation.” The wells of salvation speak of a constant flowing, never-ending source – and that source is Jesus Christ – that has been made available to us through the victory Christ won for us on Calvary’s Cross.
Satan offers to the world many different wells claiming to satisfy the thirst of the human soul, but only the water that flows from the wells of salvation provided by Christ can slake the thirst of man.
In John 4:13-14, the Lord said: _ “Whosoever drinks of this water (what the world has to offer) shall thirst again: but whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”_
The water that flows out of the wells of salvation will bring happiness, will bring life, and will bring healing and hope.
FOUR THINGS EVERY BELIEVER SHOULD DO
Isaiah 12:4 says, “And in that day shall you say, Praise the LORD, call upon His name, declare His doings among the people, make mention that His name is exalted.”
In this verse we are given four things that every believer should do. They are:
1. “Praise the Lord.” Every time we praise the Lord, we are actually declaring Christ as the victor over evil. We are praising Him for a task already done, a victory that has already been won, and a salvation that has already been secured, by what Christ did at Calvary. As well, praise and faith go hand in hand. The more one learns to live a life of praise and thanksgiving, the more one’s faith matures and grows. Where there is no praise, there is no faith, and where there is no faith, there is no praise.
- 2. “Call upon His name.” This statement actually speaks of prayer, which in a sense should be done without ceasing. Our life as Christians should be a life of continual prayer. The idea is that at all times in all situations we are “calling upon His name.” There is nothing the Lord cannot do, so when we bring our needs before Him, we are acknowledging that the Lord is the only solution to what we are facing.
- 3. “Declare His doings among the people.” This is the job of the ministry; this is our responsibility: to preach the truth of God’s Word and not the philosophies of men. This also means that you should be witnessing and testifying, by all methods, “His doings among the people.” Tell people what the Lord is doing and has been doing in your life. As well, when one financially supports that which is truly of God, you are “declaring His doings among the people.”
- 4. “Make mention that His name is exalted.” The name of Jesus must be exalted above every name because He is the only one who has paid the price for our redemption. Out of all the names that are applied to Him in the Bible, the greatest name is Jesus. Jesus means “Saviour.”
In Matthew 1:21, the angel said, _“And she shall bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins.” _
Philippians 2:9-11 says: “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
In conclusion, never forget that whatever you need can be found in the wells of salvation.
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