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.

Isaiah 12: 2

 

There is a well known song lyric from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical play The King and I that goes like this;

“Whenever I feel afraid, I hold my head erect and whistle a happy tune,

so no one will suspect I’m afraid.”

The idea here is very similar to the old expression, “Whistling through the grave yard.” It is all about putting on a brave face when encountering terrifying circumstances so that those around us will not know how frightened we are and also so that we might even convince ourselves that everything is really alright.

 

This is the exact opposite of what Isaiah is telling us about his life and how God informs it. Isaiah gives us no brave fronts and no facades. God is his salvation. God has pursued him and has entered into his life. As we can see from our vantage point many years in the future, God has not stopped coming after people. Jesus came into our world and walked with us. Now the Holy Spirit is with us always. We are saved from the small, the great, and the daily concerns of life, and we are saved for all of eternity through Christ. Although life may not go as we would like, and we will not always enjoy the outcomes we experience in this world; we can live with the assurance of God’s good favor and His protection for what truly matters.

 

With God as my salvation, I no longer need the false front of self-generated courage to get me through the day. When I embrace the total scope of this idea, I come to realize that the sort of salvation that God brings into my life is much bigger even than the crucial one of eternity. Christ enters into every day and every moment of my life. I may be battered and I will surly be bruised, but I will not be destroyed. Although my heart will be heavy at times, Christ brings comfort to my spirit. As my Lord surrounds me with the love, grace, truth, and righteousness of His Word; fear is removed, and my throat is filled with songs of joy and worship.