Someone has said, “The Gospel is bad news before it is good news.” In other words, a person must become aware of their sin and its consequences before they are ready to embrace God’s provision of salvation through Christ. Was that true for you? I know it was certainly true for me!
This morning during “coffee with the Lord” I read a passage that speaks to both realities – the reality and consequences of our sin and God’s wonderful provision of salvation. In fact, in my Bible I gave the passage (Isaiah 12) this title: “A Salvation Song.” What a wonderful passage (and written by an Old Testament prophet)! I’m still relishing it’s message and rejoicing in the wonderful truth it expresses! Here it is for your inspiration, gratitude, and worship today…
“I will give thanks to you, O LORD, for though You were angry with me, Your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation.
“With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day: ‘Give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name, make known His deeds among the peoples, proclaim that His name is exalted! Sing praises to the LORD, for He has done gloriously! Let this be made known in all the earth. Shout, and sing for joy, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel!” (From Isaiah 12:1–6 ESV)