"Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation." Isaiah 12:2
As I was reading in Isaiah 12 this verse really stood out to me as I realized it truly defines my life. I hope it is true for you as well. If not, may I encourage you to make it your life pursuit for it to become true in your life.
In religion and theology salvation is defined as the saving of the soul from sin and its consequences. It may also be referred to as deliverance or redemption from sin and its effects. Considering the fact we are all sinners:
"…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
Why would anyone want to refuse salvation from sin? We all are offered salvation from God, our Creator, through His Son, Jesus. Perhaps the message is so familiar we never truly realize how miraculous and wonderful it is to have a choice of salvation through Christ!
Isaiah then states, "I will trust and not be afraid." Salvation in the love of God and His Son enables us to trust in something or Someone so much bigger than ourselves, and knowing He is all powerful what do we have to fear? The Bible tells us perfect love casts out fear. 1 John 4:18 says:
"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love."
The only perfect love is Agape love. Agape is a Greek word meaning God’s love. When we allow Him to love us it abolishes the fear of anyone or anything, because His love is the greatest power in existence.
Our verse then states, "For the Lord God is my strength and my song." We have a choice to live in our own strength, or draw strength from the love of God. His love is what continuously strengthens me daily, and He will do the same for you if you allow it. It is especially dear as we age and must rely more on Him for our physical strength. He is faithful and true always. How can He not become our song as our hearts overflow with gratitude to the source of our salvation?
Yes, I can declare with Isaiah, "He has become my salvation." May I implore you not to deny the salvation of God that you might be delivered from sin and its consequences. Choose to obey the wisdom of God found in His Word. We are all faced with two choices: Good or evil; life or death. Ponder the true meaning of salvation as never before. Choose well, dear one!
In His love.
I felt the Lord gave me this verse to stand on as I was planning to run the Seven Sisters 25K Trail Run in Black Mountain. I only found out about the race two weeks ago, so there was no time to really train for the distance. I had wanted to do this race for a long time, so I stepped out in faith knowing I was under trained. True to His Word He became my strength and song every mile.