Drawing forth water with joy
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!” (Isaiah 12:1-6 NKJV)
It is important, when reading the Word, to put what is written into context according to the time period when the events took place. Isaiah 12:1-6 was written, of course, during a time when there were no modern conveniences. Something as basic as water for washing one’s body, did not come out of a faucet. One had to take a jug, go to the well or spring, fill the jug and carry it back again. People came to the source of water with expectation and even excitement. Imagine getting all the way to the well and finding that the water was not clean or that the well was dry.
Life was different then and yet, if we take this analogy and apply it to our lives today and how we approach God, there is much to be learned. In essence, life today is easier and yet we still struggle. No matter how much we strive to satisfy our physical needs, even those which are basic for every day life, we will not be filled. We will only find true satisfaction through the spiritual side of life.
What we read within these verses refers to the Presence of God and the filling of the Holy Spirit. We need to go to the source of water with excitement (John 7:37-39), and then with joy we will draw water from the wells of salvation. (Isaiah 12:3).
The word “ge-oot” translated “excellent things” (Isaiah 12:5) can also be translated “swelling of the sea” (Psalm 89:9). When I read it this way and think of the filling of the Holy Spirit, I can go to the source with great excitement expecting sea-swelling tsunami of the filling of the Holy Spirit.
Let us remember this when the trials of this life distract us, when the enemy throws everything he’s got at us in an attempt to keep us from going to the well with excitement and anticipation to draw water from our source, Yeshua.
This article originally appeared on Tikkun International, January 8, 2019, and reposted with permission.
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Guy and his wife, Tali, founded and lead Harvest of Asher, a Messianic congregation of Jewish and Gentile believers in Akko, Israel.