The ordinary Israelite hymn of praise appears to have been the hundred
and thirty-sixth psalm (1 Chronicles 16:34, 41; 2 Chronicles 5:13; 7:3;
Ezra 3:11; Jeremiah 33:11; 1 Macc. 4:24); but on extraordinary occasions
special thanksgivings were sung (Exodus 15:1-21; II Samuel 7:18-29). Isaiah
is now inspired to give a pattern song, suitable for the Church to sing when
she is reunited, enlarged, and restored to favor.
Read each verse
v. 1 - thankful for the severe discipline, which had
checked them from ruin
v. 2 – “I will trust and not be afraid”
God is my:
v. 3 - An INEXHAUSTIBLE WELL from which ALL COMERS
may DRAW CONTINUALLY.
Jesus said this water is “living water” - that “whosoever drinketh
of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water
that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up
into EVERLASTING LIFE” - John 4:10,13-14
v. 4 - It is one of man's chief duties to testify of
God's goodness to others - nothing in the
universe is exalted as God!
His name is protected by an express commandment – “Thou shalt
not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain” – Exodus 20:7
“the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain”
We are to “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name”
v. 5 - "Sing unto the Lord for He hath done excellent things ...."
This is another slightly modified quotation from Exodus 15
Down through history thousands of sacred songs have been written in
numerous languages and in great varieties of meter testifying to the
reality and greatness of God – one of the many evidences of the
inspiration of God in every age!
v. 6 - "great is the Holy One in the midst of thee"
The presence of the Lord "in the midst of her" is the
crowning glory of the church - the Church is to ever
proclaim this Presence and rejoice in it!
Blessings of salvation, of the past, of the future, His
presence - delight and happiness!
This section commemorates:
What is most remarkable in Isaiah’s representation is the absence
of all reference to temporal blessings. The spiritual benefits absorb
all the thought and attention of the Church’s members, and are alone
celebrated in their song of rejoicing.