October 9, 2013


Isaiah 12:2 Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust and not be afraid.
The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.”

I have loved this very brief chapter, one of the shortest in the Bible, for a long time. I think one reason it resonates so strongly with me is that I come from a very musical family, so the references to song and singing really click with me. This particular verse expresses the reality that trusting God is a choice. It’s not always an easy choice, but it is the only one that brings real peace. The Japanese preserves the nuance in the Hebrew of using a shortened form of God’s personal name here: “Yah, the Lord, is my strength and my song.” When we understand that this shortened form of God’s name is the last part of the familiar, hallelujah, it falls into place, I think. Isaiah didn’t want anyone to mistake whom he was praising, who was his salvation.

I couldn’t begin to count the number of times a song of praise has helped me refocus on God, bringing me out of depression or distraction or whatever. Singing is a choice, and is an easy one to understand. I have loved, and love to teach others, the little chorus, You are the Words and the Music. The last line expresses it so clearly: “Now I return to You the song that You gave to me; You are the song that I sing.” Like everyone else, I have my emotional ups and downs, but singing to God my Salvation is the surest method I know to renew my faith and trust in Him.

Father, You know the emotional stress we are under right now, as we go this morning to consult with the doctor about the results of the heart tests Cathy has had. At the moment, it looks like surgery will likely be recommended, and the question arises about our planned trip to the US in less than two weeks. We have repeatedly chosen to trust You in and for this, but the pressures are real. Help us continue to make the right choice, to trust You, at every juncture and in every detail, so that we may grow in faith even as we walk in the very best that You have for us, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

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About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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