THE SONG OF THANKSGIVING OF THE UNITED CHURCH
On each of her deliverances the Church is bound to praise God. In some parts of the
Church it is customary on every such occasion to sing a "Te Deum." The ordinary
Israelite hymn of praise appears to have been the hundred and thirty-sixth psalm
I Maccabees 4:24); but on extraordinary occasions special thanksgivings were sung
(Exodus 15:1-21; I 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.
1 “And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast
angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.”
In that day. In the day of deliverance and restoration. Though thou wast angry;
literally, because thou wast angry. Kay understands an actual thankfulness for
the severe discipline, which had checked them, and not allowed them to glide
on smoothly to ruin. But perhaps the idiom is rather that of the passage,
"Father, I thank thee that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent,
and hast revealed them unto babes" (Matthew 11:25), where it is only the
last clause that expresses the true object of the thanksgiving. Comfortedst;
rather, hast comforted, since the effect continued.
2 “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the
LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation.”
"salvation" for the concrete "Savior" is extremely common. The Lord Jehovah;
literally, Jah Jehovah - a combination which occurs only here and in ch. 26:4,
where it is again used as an encouragement to perfect confidence and trust.
Is my strength... salvation. This is quoted from the song of Moses
(Exodus 15:2), which the prophet has throughout in his thoughts.
3 “Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”
With joy shall ye draw water. The prophet interrupts the song to give a
comforting promise. The "salvation" granted to the Church shall be as an
inexhaustible well, from which all comers may draw continually. Compare
promise to the woman of
4 “And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon His name,
declare His doings among the people, make mention that His name is exalted.”
Declare His doings among the people; literally, among the peoples (compare
duties to testify of God's goodness to
publish God's mercies and great deeds to the Gentiles. His name is exalted.
God is in His Name, and His Name expresses His nature. As there is nothing
so exalted in all the universe as God, so there is no name so exalted as His Name.
Hence His Name is protected by an express commandment.
5 “Sing unto the LORD; for He hath done excellent things: this is known in all
the earth.” Sing unto the Lord; for He hath done excellent things. This is
another quotation, very slightly modified, from the song of Moses, in which
these words were part of the refrain (Exodus 15:1, 21). This is known;
rather, let this be known; i.e. publish it - noise it abroad.
6 “Cry out and shout,
thou inhabitant of
in the midst of thee.” Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of
"cry" that may be heard far and wide - a cry that shall be a "shout" of rejoicing.
The word translated "inhabitant" is feminine, and designates the entire
community or Church that dwells on the holy hill. For great is the
Holy One of
is THE PRESENCE OF HER LORD IN THE MIDST OF HER –
A PRESENCE CONTINUOUS ("I am with you always"), effective,
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.
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