ch. 12

 

                                                PRAISE

 

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” 

                                                                        Psalm 96:8

 

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.