Call-Breathe-Drink (Part 3 of 3)
Ho! The prophet Isaiah said, "God is now my salvation; I will trust and not dread; For Jah Jehovah is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation. Therefore you will draw water with rejoicing From the springs of salvation, And you will say in that day, Give thanks to Jehovah; call upon His name! Make His deeds known among the peoples; Remind them that His name is exalted." (12:2-4). These verses are so good, a song had been composed with them (see Hymns, #1340).
In these verses, the words now, my, and therefore are stupendous. Now means formerly it was not the case but something happened for God to become my salvation. My means it is tailor-made for me; God's salvation can suit me perfectly. Therefore means I must not be passive nor unresponsive- I must draw water from the springs of salvation.
Such an action implies an even more astounding revelation- in being our salvation, God is living water for us to drink. This leads us to recall the Lord Jesus's conversation with the Samaritan woman wherein He showed her the way out of her discontented and shameful life by being satisfied with the living water that He gives (John 4:7-29). She confessed Him to be the Christ and so drank and was satisfied. To confess is to call (Rom. 10:9-13). This is why Isaiah tells us to call on His name (Isa. 12:4) in order to draw water from the springs of salvation (v. 3).
Calling on the name of the Lord is amazingly simple, unimaginably rich. In the last century, Margaret E. Barber wrote a hymn (see Hymns, #73) carrying this stanza:
Blessed Jesus! Mighty Savior!
Oh, may we always return to Christ and focus on Him alone. When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians to deal with their problems, He presented to them Jesus Christ who became the life-giving Spirit, telling them from the very beginning to call on His name that they may drink the Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45; 1:2; 12:13). Later, he charged his young co-worker Timothy to "flee youthful lusts, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart" (2 Tim. 2:22). Therefore after the seminar, may all continue calling, breathing, and drinking.