Our scripture this morning is Isaiah 12:2‭-‬6.

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. In that day you will say: “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”

The Book of Isaiah has lots of familiar and comforting verses. The prophet has many warnings for us, but it’s not all gloom and doom. Isaiah has much to tell us about God’s Messiah and the joy we know in Him.

In this passage we hear the assurance “the Lord himself is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation” (v. 2). God promises His eternal love and protection for those who obey His commandments. The Lord is always close to His people, but we’ve got to choose to be close to Him as well.

Praise and worship is one way to draw near to God, prayer is another. We have a variety of ways to reach out to Him. God is always listening to us, we just have to initiate a meaningful conversation and be ready to listen too.

Loving Lord, thank You for the gift of Jesus, our savior and example. Help us to be the bearers of the Good News to all the world. Amen.

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