Isaiah 11 & 12:
For He has done excellent things!
These chapters change from primarily a prophecy about God’s dealings with His people in the immediate future to the fulfillment of His promises to bring ultimate salvation through the work of Jesus Christ.
Chapter 12 contains this beautiful hymn of praise:
1 And in that day you will say.
“ O LORD, I will praise You;
Though You were angry with me,
Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me.
2 Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
‘ For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song;
He also has become my salvation.’”
3 Therefore with joy you will draw water
From the wells of salvation.
4 And in that day you will say.
“ Praise the LORD, call upon His name;
Declare His deeds among the peoples,
Make mention that His name is exalted.
5 Sing to the LORD,
For He has done excellent things;
This is known in all the earth.
6 Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion,
For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!”
Once we were sinners, separated from God, objects of wrath because of our sin and rebellion. But when we called upon His name, He answered, saved us, forgave us, cleansed us and brought us into His family! We, too, should “sing to the Lord for He has done excellent things”!