Behold, God is my salvation;

I will trust, and I will not be afraid;

for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song,

and he has become my salvation.

Isaiah 12: 2

 

It seems that everyone needs something to hold onto as we go through the days of our lives. There is some form of belief that keeps us more or less centered within the structure of our values and our ethical and moral boundaries. We may hold to a fully fleshed out set of rules, a religious system, confident self-determination, or some other construct; however, virtually no one goes very far in our adult journey with nothing of this sort to place our hands around to grasp onto and to trust to focus the outcome of the important decisions that we will need to make almost every day. I have tried several of these methods and means of gaining my bearings for this essential aspect of living, and there has been only one that actually works. The Lord has consistently and faithfully provided truth, wisdom, guidance, and protection to me regardless of where I have gone or what I have undertaken.

 

So, for me, Isaiah’s statement is truly on-target. He starts out with the single most important aspect of entering into a relationship with God. God is the only source of salvation that exists in the universe, and all of us need to be saved. We are born lost, defeated by our sinfulness, and bound for a life of separation from God and from the love, truth, grace, and justice that are formed up out of His character and nature alone. Not only does God save us and bring us into His presence in a relationship that enfolds all of life under His outpouring of engagement, but the Lord is absolutely trustworthy to provide answers to all questions, to care about and for us in all circumstances, and to never abandon or separate Himself from us. The Lord has been consistently true to His word to never leave my side and to always enter into my life in love, grace, and truth; so, it is natural to trust Him in all matters and with all aspects of my days.

 

Out of this trust comes the ability to be strong and to carry on regardless of what life may throw my way. The strength that I am speaking of is not some sort of brave front or unflinching determination to show no pain on the outside. Instead, it is a form of strength that knows that the outcome of this life is secured in Christ and that holds onto the Lord’s promise to provide His people with all that we need to remain true and faithful to Him in and through all that comes our way. Christ’s strength has taken the place of my weakness, and He makes me capable of singing songs of praise to my Lord during each and every day of my life. Thus, over and over again the Lord sustains me when I am failing in my resolve. He lifts me up when I have fallen down both in body and in spirit, and Christ is the solid rock upon which I can trust to set my feet when the troubling and the terrifying aspects of this world are hurling themselves my way.

 

 

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.