My friend David was sharing the other day about the need to cultivate thankfulness in our lives. It’s so important for us as believers to share what we’re thankful for, to tell others: “God has done this for me.” It helps strengthen our faith when we see that God is hearing and acting on the behalf of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
That’s definitely the case in the first section of today’s OT passage (Isaiah 12:1-6). Isaiah looks forward to the day when those who have been redeemed will praise God in song, telling people everywhere—to the ends of the earth—what God has done. As Christians, this song takes on a special meaning because there’s a prophecy hidden in it:
- During the festival of tabernacles, the priests would walk down from the temple and draw water from the pool of Siloam, pouring out the libation on the altar in reference to Isaiah 12:3: “with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”
- Some 700 years after this was written, Jesus — whose name can be translated “YHWH saves” or “God is Salvation” (see Isaiah 12:2) — called out during the feast: “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” (John 7:37-38)
We as Christians have drawn water from the springs of salvation. Rejoice! Be thankful! And share what God has done for you.