Isaiah 12 … Consider Him, the Holy One, Great in Our Midst

Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel,
(12:6).

Six short verses packed with praise. So, who is engaged in this loud and joyous praise, and when will it happen? As people from every nation stand in the Presence of the Glorious Messiah and are brought into His Glorious Place of Rest and Restoration, unbridled rejoicing and adoration will erupt.

Then in that day
The nations will resort to the root of Jesse,
Who will stand as a signal for the peoples;
And His resting place will be glorious,
(Isaiah 11:10).

When we place our faith in Jesus Christ, we are brought into His Place of Restoration at the moment we believe.

For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, (Colossians 1:13-14).

He is the Holy One…

“We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:69).

…Who Is Great…

looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, (Titus 2:13).

…Who is in Our Midst.

“For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst,” (Matthew 18:20).

Consider Him, the Holy One, Great in Our Midst

  • He is the Holy One, Great in Our Midst Who comforts us as He saves us from the wrath of God.
    • Then you will say on that day,
      “I will give thanks to You, O Lord;
      For although You were angry with me,
      Your anger is turned away,
      And You comfort me,
      (12:1).

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him, (Romans 5:8-9).

  • He is the Holy One, Great in Our Midst Who has become our salvation and strength.
    • “Behold, God is my salvation,
      I will trust and not be afraid;
      For the Lord God is my strength and song,
      And He has become my salvation,”
      (12:2).

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh, (Ephesians 3:16-17).

  • He is the Holy One, Great in Our Midst Who invites us to His springs of living water.
    • Therefore you will joyously draw water
      From the springs of salvation,
      (12:3).

“but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life,” (John 4:14).

  • He is the Holy One, Great in Our Midst Whose Name will be exalted.
    • And in that day you will say,
      “Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name.
      Make known His deeds among the peoples;
      Make them remember that His name is exalted,”
      (12:4).

For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father, (Philippians 2:9-11).

  • He is the Holy One, Great in Our Midst Whose Deeds and Praise will be known throughout all heaven and earth.
    • Praise the Lord in song, for He has done excellent things;
      Let this be known throughout the earth.
      Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
      For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel,
      (12:5-6).

Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”
13 And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever,”
(Revelation 5:11-13).

How do we respond to Him, the Holy One, Great in Our Midst?

From the first page to the last, Jesus Christ is revealed in every page of Scripture. And because of Jesus, we have been enabled to declare His praises with joy and thanksgiving. But we certainly shouldn’t wait to do so until that day when He comes again, for He is the Holy One, Great in Our Midst… today!

But do we live like we believe it?

Do we treat Him as the Holy One, answering His command to live in obedience and holiness?

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, 15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy,” (1 Peter 1:14-16).

Are we living convinced that He is Great, so that our hope is fixed on His strength and power for this life?

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, (Ephesians 1:18-20).

Do we readily succumb to fear, or do we truly believe He is in Our Midst?

“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me,” (John 14:1).

Today, let us spend time reflecting on the glorious prayers of celebration expressed in Isaiah 12, that we would be spurred to proclaim our own songs of praise. Let us reflect with thanksgiving and joy on the comfort and strength that we have in Him Who has become our salvation and invites us to freely partake of His springs of living water. Oh, let us exalt His Name and make His deeds and praise known wherever He sends us, praying that we would be His worthy witnesses who live every day to glorify Him, the Holy One, Great in Our Midst.

To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ, (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12).

Let’s Grow Together!

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