Summary: An uplifting testimony of what God means to my life.
What God is to Me
(Isaiah 12 NIV) In that day you will say: "I will praise you, O LORD. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me. 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." 3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. 4 In that day you will say: "Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. 5 Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. 6 Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you."
1. God is My Salvation v.2 Surely God is my SALVATION…
a. I was condemned.
(Psalm 7:11 KJV) God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.
(John 3:18 KJV) He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
b. But God saved me!
(Psalms 40:1-3) I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. 3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
Illustration: On October 14, 1987, 18 month Jessica McClure fell into an abandoned mine shaft in her aunts back yard in Midland, Texas. The world watched the 58 hr ordeal as rescuers drilled into the bedrock, and went down into the hole to get her. They cut the pipe beneath her and were able to get her free from the 8” pipe that held her. The picture of the rescue workers coming up from that hole and handing the little girl to those waiting to save her life, was one of the most dramatic moments of the past 25 years. Her rescue reminds me of how Jesus rescued my soul. He didn’t just reach down to where I was. He did not lower some divine rope to pull me out of my pit. He BROUGHT ME UP!
2. God is My Strength
(Isaiah 12:2 NIV) 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."
You can go a long way in your own strength. It is amazing what a human can do. But, there will be a time when you find you need strength beyond yourself. For me it was when my father died. It may be when you lose your job… or health… or struggle in your marriage or with your children… The day will come when you need God’s strength! Then you will find that life is so much better when you rely on His strength. You can bear a lot on your own, but why would you want to?
(Psalms 18:2 NLT) The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the strength of my salvation, and my stronghold.
(Psalms 27:1 KJV) The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?