Isaiah promised the children of Israel that they would one day be delivered from captivity and return home. They would be gathered “from the four corners of the earth.” Their enemies would no longer have power over them. The Lord would provide “a highway…from Assyria,” the nation that had conquered, enslaved, and scattered them (2 Nephi 21:12-16).
He then shares some of the words they will shout as they experience the joy of their deliverance. They will use some of the same words their ancestors declared after crossing the Red Sea on dry ground (Exodus 15:2), declaring that the Lord is their strength, their song, and their salvation.
- Strength – God can help us do things which we would not be able to do on our own. Therefore, we can with confidence face challenges which seem impossible to overcome.
- Song – God can fill our souls with joy, which we then want to share with others.
- Salvation – God can deliver us from bondage, including the bondage of our own weaknesses and bad habits.
Last Saturday, Elder Gerrit W. Gong promised that we can receive power, joy, and deliverance as we draw near to God:
When righteous patterns and spiritual yearnings join, time and eternity come together. Spiritual light and life come when regular religious observance draws us closer to our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ. When we love the spirit and letter of the law, the things of eternity can distill upon our souls like the dews from heaven. With daily obedience and refreshing living water, we find answers, faith, and strength to meet everyday challenges and opportunities with gospel patience, perspective, and joy (“Our Campfire of Faith,” General Conference, October 2018).
Today, I will thank and praise God for His influence in my life. I will be grateful for the power, the joy, and the deliverance I experience as I invite Him into my life.