You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. “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.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. 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. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth. Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 12:1-6 ESV)
Isaiah tells of the coming judgment upon Israel because of her false religion and unjust ways. There is so much warning of judgment it can be despairing. But then he tells of the hope to come afterward, such as we find in this chapter. And in fact, we see that it is through judgment that this salvation comes. When it does finally come, what a glorious thing it will be! We find that God doesn’t abandon his people after all. Judgment gives way to salvation.
Lord, let me look forward to that day when you bring judgment to a close and your salvation washes over us. Make your name known among the earth!