Isaiah 12: 1-6
Isaiah says that the baby who will be born will be named Emmanuel. Here, Isaiah remembers him and exalts him again, and demands his people to remember him. Let's remember him in this end of the year. He is glorious and sublime.
1. I give thanks to you (1-2)
The people remember that God was angry with them because of their malice. But now his anger turned away because God decided to comfort his people. That's why Israel must celebrate the Eternal God. We always have a few reminders of the past in us, but we must erase it because God is great and decided to save us. That's why I trust and I am not afraid. I sing that He is my strength and my salvation.
2. Sing praises to him (3-6)
From his experience of salvation, Isaiah exhorts his people to sing praises to the Lord. He exhorts his people to come and fully drink the Lord, because he is the source of living water who completely slakes a soul's thirst. A personal experience is satisfactory but is not enough. We must found ourselves on the salvation of mercy through forgiveness, and we must come to the people to exhort them to worship God. Isaiah says: sing praises to the Lord. Because he is worthy of being adored by his people and by all the earth, because he is great and he has done gloriously. Praise, prayer and testimony (4) must be powerfull to spread the kingdom of God on the earth among the peoples and make his sublime name recognized.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for having turned away your anger against me. I fully recognize it and I come draw water in you and testify about you to the people in this country.
Bottom line: his name is magnificient, Magnify his name, my soul.