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. Isaiah 12:2
This verse from the Old Testament gives us a wonderful Gospel message.
1. The Priority of Salvation… “Behold,” This word means to sit up and pay attention. It indicates importance. Nothing is more important than our soul’s salvation. It is your greatest need. Lay aside all other concerns if you do not have your eternal destiny decided and secured in heaven’s favor.
There are so many who are procrastinating the most important decision they’ll ever make. But the truth is you’re not procrastinating the decision, you’re simply saying NO each time you put it off!
2. The Provider of Salvation… “God … LORD JEHOVAH.” These three words tell us that Jesus Christ is our Savior and that He is God. The identity of Jesus Christ comes in the names, “Lord JEHOVAH.” These two words are different forms of the same word, and the Jehovah of the Old Testament is the Jesus of the New Testament. That these two words are used interchangeably with “God” as the provider of salvation emphasizes the Deity of Christ.
3. Procuring of Salvation. “I will trust.” Salvation is always obtained by faith not by works. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). “For by grace are ye saved through faith … not of works” (Ephesians 2:8, 9). “Whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). “He that … believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life” (John 5:24).
4. Product of Salvation. Three products of salvation are stated in our verse.
First, serenity. “Not be afraid.” Salvation removes fear. It removes the fear of death and of judgment. Nothing gives serenity like salvation.
Second, strength. “My strength.” Salvation gives strength to live the Christian life. We cannot do it in our own strength.
Third, song. “My song.” Salvation puts a melody in our hearts. Sin filled our lives with discord, but salvation fills our lives with harmony.