Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee. ~Isaiah 12:6
Do you shout when you get excited? Shouting is when we let out a loud vocal noise or words that reflect our enthusiasm or our grief. When Isaiah wrote this 12th chapter, God had revealed to him how the future would turn out for Judah and God’s people. Isaiah’s faith was bolstered and he said, “I will trust, and not be afraid.” As he closed this chapter, he unashamedly testified of God’s faithfulness. Let us grasp the words of Isaiah and shout out loud Who our God is.
Shout it out because God is holy.
Isaiah referred to God as the Holy One of Israel. The word “holy” is used 51 times in Isaiah. This is only second to Leviticus, where the word is used 77 times. Holy is the essence of God’s Person. It is the absolute of His essence. It means absolute purity and perfection. It means righteous and without sin. Habakkuk said, “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil.” All of the attributes of God are best understood in light of His holiness. His holiness is exalted and worshipped. His holiness reveals that we areundone and with unclean lips. All of God’s works and acts are in holiness. When Isaiah understood what God was doing, he saw God’s holiness as the driving reason why God did it.
Shout it out because God is great.
“For great is the Holy One of Israel….” God’s greatness is the fact that nothing is impossible with God. There is nothing too hard for the Lord. He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. He shows great and mighty things which we know not of. He is great because He makes all things work together for good to them that love Him. We see His greatness in all of creation. We see His greatness in His mercy and love. We see His greatness in His name “El Shaddai,” God almighty. We see His greatness in salvation and the forgiveness of all our sins. There is no storm He cannot still, no disease He cannot cure, no army that can defeat Him, no problem He cannot solve, and no difficulty He cannot overcome.
Shout it out because God is with us.
The name “Immanuel” means “God with us.” Jesus was God with us in the flesh. “God with us” means His presence is right alongside of us. He is with us when our boat is in the storm. He is with us in the “burning fiery furnace.” He is with us when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. He is with us when we find ourselves in a tough spot and feeling like our resources are gone. He is with us as we boldly proclaim the gospel. He is with us when all others leave us. Paul lamented, “All men forsook me…. Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me.” Isaiah had moments when he felt uncertain about the unfolding of events, the failures of his king, and losses mounting around him. Yet, as his faith was bolstered, he shouted because God was with him.
Take a moment to shout because “great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.”
Have an exciting God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 1 Samuel 1-3