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.” NIV
For the last few weeks, I’ve been making steady progress on the list of “fear nots” in my King James concordance. That’s been a pretty easy way to find reminders not to worry.
But, this morning, I thought that I would go back to Psalm 119, where I know that there are still reminders that I’ve not yet catalogued.
However, when I opened my Bible, I found myself in Isaiah 12, and something told me that there was a reminder here, too. I began reading and found this beautiful, beautiful verse, “Yes, indeed — God is my salvation, I trust, I won’t be afraid. GOD — yes GOD! — is my strength and song, best of all, my salvation!” MSG
My eye is drawn to the capitalization of all of the letters in “Lord” and “God” in these two translations. When I looked the word up in my Hebrew to English dictionary, it means LORD, again with all capital letters. This is very interesting to me. At a minimum, this emphasis calls attention to the power of the one true God in whom I trust.
I am at a time of transition in my life. Things are not what they always have been, and I don’t yet have a clear picture of what they can or will be. But now, right now, as I stand in this moment (which is all I really have or can control) I know that GOD is my salvation. I trust Him. I will not worry about the rest of today, or tomorrow, or next week, or next month, or next year. I won’t let the uncertainty of all of it frighten me. I will take steps to move forward and I will pray His blessings on my efforts. Regardless of what happens next, my ultimate future is assured.
That’s a great comfort today.
2 responses to “If you will trust, you won’t be afraid”
when LORD is used, it is Yahweh. “Lord” is used in many different ways.
Ahh! Thanks, CJ! I wish I had you here every morning to tutor me as I work my way through this!