Short but sweet chapter. It contains two songs of praise and thanksgiving for the millennial time.
Even though He scattered us, we will praise the Lord for His goodness and merciful forgiveness! Vs. 4 talks of praising the Lord and doing missionary work for Him. The excellent things include the whole restoration of His Church! We want EVERYONE to know about it, and vs. 6 says we will run out throughout all the world, spreading the message ... telling the world of how God lives and dwells among His people!
Verse 3 touched me: ...with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. In Michael Wilcox's book "Daughters of God" (p41), he compared this verse to the story of Rebekah in the Old Testament. Here's what he has to say about this verse... "Isaiah said, 'Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation' (Isaiah 12:3). We have all seen modern Rebekah's run to draw living water for a Primary or Young Women class. I have watched many of my students leave their studies and graciously draw living water for people of many different countries. Every time we see these modern Rebekahs coming up from the well with their pitchers dripping, we, like Abraham's servant, wonder at seeing such unrehearsed demonstrations of character."
I love visual cues, and this one worked for me. Salvation is so large, so massive, so deep, that I cannot fully comprehend it in its entirety. But, I can draw out a cup full here, a pitcher there, and sometimes even a sip now and then as I am learning more about the gospel and truly what salvation means.
What did you learn?