Winter Is Past Part 17 - With joy I will drink deeply from the fountain of Your salvation!

Isaiah 12:2-3 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

    The New Living Translation of the Bible says the verses this way,

Isaiah 12:2 See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid.The Lord God is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.” 3 With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation!

    I love that Isaiah starts this message with, “Behold!” or “See!” It’s as if he is holding up the evidence for everyone to see and saying, “Look over here. I can prove that the Lord is my salvation!” 

    And what is the proof? Well, songs and joy do not usually accompany despair and fear. Songs and joy come with confidence and trust! When we sing and laugh, He becomes our salvation and we prove it to those around us.

    I’m not gonna lie to you...the day after I had a chemotherapy treatment, a gloomy cloud would appear above my head, kinda like Eeyore had over his head. I felt icky, and I wanted everyone to know it. But I quickly learned to combat the gloominess by watching reruns of a popular sit-com. I would laugh out loud and feel better in no time! A merry heart truly does work like medicine! (Proverbs 17:22)

    Unfortunately, this was a short-lived remedy. The sit-com would end, I would go to bed and wake up gloomy again the next day. It wouldn’t last because it wasn’t true joy. It was passing, fleeting, and sometimes even elusive. 

    Nehemiah 8:10 “The joy of the Lord is your strength!”

     In the moments when I would set aside the gloominess and pick up the joy of the Lord, I would be strengthened! I would sing! I would dance! And people around me would notice. More than once, someone said to me, “Wow, this chemo thing doesn’t seem all that bad!”  And they were right! I was supernaturally drinking from the fountain of the Lord with His joy that strengthened me!