This chapter is the song of praise that comes with celestialness, when He knows we have been faithful and we know we have been redeemed. It is the joy that comes when we are at-one with each other, all of us children of our Heavenly Parents, all of us together redeemed.
We can only be redeemed together.
We cannot be at-one with God if we are not at-one with each other.
It’s a family plan.
And in that day thou shalt say: O Lord, I will praise thee; though thou wast angry with me thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedest me (verse 1).
We will know who we have been and who He has called us to be, and declare to Him in the temple the full truth of this, calling upon the Son and His atonement to bridge that gap, to heal that discrepancy. Only then are we embraced like the prodigal children we are, literally changed into His children, and brought back into His presence.
Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid; for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also has become my salvation (verse 2).
This verse is especially important because translating it directly from the Hebrew shows that this is one of the few verses where Elohim is singular, giving us “the sacred names and name-titles of Deity as they are used scripturally” (Old Testament Seminary Manual).
“‘Behold El is my salvation,
I shall trust and not be afraid;
For my strength and my song is Yah, Yehovah,
And he has become my salvation.’
“‘El’ is the singular of Elohim. It seldom occurs in the Bible in singular. In the English Bible both singular and plural are rendered by the word ‘God.’ ‘Yah’ is a contracted form of Jehovah or Yehovah, which in the Bible is usually rendered in English as ‘LORD.’ In the King James Version here, to avoid LORD LORD, they have rendered it as LORD JEHOVAH. This is one of the few times the name is written out fully as Jehovah in the King James translation. [See also: Exodus 6:3 ; Ps. 83:18 ; Isa. 26:4 .] The short form Yah occurs in Hebrew also in Exodus 15:2 and Psalms 118:14 .” (Ellis T. Rasmussen, An Introduction to the Old Testament and Its Teachings, 2:46.)
The point is that Heavenly Father is the only one we can look to for salvation, and that it comes through His Son, Jesus Christ, who is a distinct and separate being, and who is the Jehovah of the Old Testament.
Note also that each of those verses are in reference to either the literal and physical visitation of the Lord to His people, or the manifestation of His presence to His people (and the strength and quickening they received from these experiences). This verse is about the actual being in His presence, more than just knowing He is real and more even than believing He can do what He promised to do. This verse is about experiencing it.
Therefore, with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
This image goes back to the “Pool of Siloam” image Isaiah used in Isaiah 8. It means He is the governor of covenants, the source of spiritual renewal, and the altar from which we draw our nourishment.
And in that day shall ye say: Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.
We must call on Him, and repent, to find mercy and forgiveness.
Doing so it what converts us.
If we are truly converted, we will testify.
If we are truly converted, we cannot help but testify.
Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things; this is known in all the earth.
All of us will know it is true! Every one will admit it, confess it, and declare it, even if they choose not to remain in His presence.
Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion; for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.
Those who do choose to remain in His presence will know they are able to be there because of what He has done. Of course it is not because of us – we would never make it. But because of what He has done, we already have permission to enter. We are the inhabitants of His kingdom, the family of His reigning House, His covenant people of holiness!
Holiness to the Lord,
the House of the Lord!