#DailyDevotion Sing & Shout For Joy In The Midst Of Lent
Isa 12:4-6 And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. (5) “Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth. (6) Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”
The first you in verse one is singular. It’s as if the Lord were speaking perhaps singularly to just Isaiah, maybe it was the king. Now the second you here in verse four the you is plural i.e. you all. The praise is inviting all the world who trust in the Lord to sing his praises and exalt the Lord. Some think the day is when Christ Jesus was revealed for the first time and some on the day of Christ Jesus’ second revelation when he returns in glory. Perhaps both are true. Never the less I think that the day he is revealed in your heart, when you come to faith in Jesus is a good day for ‘that day.’ Even ‘Now’ and ‘Today’ are goods days to do this as the Scriptures say in 2 Cor. 6 and Hebrews chapters 4 and 5.
So today, this day, “Give thanks to the Lord.” Give thanks the Lord has had mercy on you, bringing the words of salvation and granting unto you repentance unto salvation. Give thanks to the Lord for he has given you faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ and his mighty act salvation upon the cross and the grave.
Make known Jesus’ deeds. Jesus has overcome temptation in the wilderness, the garden and the cross. He is stilled the waves and the winds. He has fed the thousands, healed the lame, gave sight to the blind, cast our demons and raised the dead. Jesus has overcome death rising from the dead never to die again.
Today, “sing praises to the Lord, for he has done glorious, let this be made known in all the earth.” Our songs in our churches and in our homes should be filled with the glorious work of salvation Jesus has accomplished. He was tempted in every way by Satan but he overcame that temptation on our behalf. The unbelieving Jews and the Romans crucified him but he called for their forgiveness to the Father above. He conquered death, rising from the dead, with the promise that he would raise all those who trust in him in similar fashion, even raising the dead to don’t believe in him but casting them into the Lake of Fire. And from the wealth provides us, we send forth missionaries unto the ends of the earth with this message of salvation.
Today, “ Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.” O Church, you are the inhabitants of Zion. As Jesus has promised, when two or three of you are gathered in his name, Jesus, the Holy One of Israel in your midst, to forgive sins, bring the death back to life and to cast out Satan and his minions from us. Always open our lips O lord that we may always shout and sing for joy.
Heavenly Father, give us lips today that sing the praises of Jesus that on the day he returns we may sing and shout his praise all the more loudly and boastfully with all the church unto eternity. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.