Isn't this chapter awesome? By that I mean doesn't this chapter expand your view of God with reverence, worship, and admiration? The dictionary defines awe as "an emotion variously combining dread, veneration, and wonder that is inspired by authority or by the sacred or sublime."
The detail God provides about Himself and His people in this chapter should stir us to worship, rejoice and repent all within twenty-eight verses.
The proper names He gives Himself forces us to stop and examine Him:
- "The LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior." (v 3)
- "The LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel." (v 14)
- "The LORD, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King." (v 15)
He is Savior, Redeemer, Creator, and King of Israel, who is Holy.
As if these names were not sufficient, He adds three descriptive "I am" statements:
- "I, I am, the LORD, and besides me there is no savior." (v 11)
- "I am he; there is none who can deliver from my hand; I work, and who can turn it back?" (v 13)
- "I, I am he who blots your transgressions for my own sake and I will not remember your sins." (v 25)
He is the only Savior. He is eternal; no one can change what He does. He alone forgives and forgets sin for His own sake.
This chapter also provides incredible detail about His relationship with His people:
- I created, formed, redeemed, and named you; you are mine. Nothing shall harm you because of who you are to Me. (v 1-2)
- To me you are precious, honored, and loved so don't be afraid because I will gather you to Myself. I call you by My name because I created you for My glory so that you might declare my praise. (v 4-7, 21)
- I have chosen you to be My witness and servant, so you may know, believe and understand who I am. (v 10,12)
His people are special to Him, and He has a special purpose for them.
God also reminds the people of who they are:
- You did not call on me. You are weary of me. (v 22)
- You have not honored me with offerings or sacrifices. (v23)
- You have burdened me and wearied me with your sins and iniquities. (v 24)
- You have no case to make against Me; for generations you have rebelled against Me. Therefore, I will deliver you to destruction and reviling. (v 26-28)
- Earlier in the chapter, He promised to deliver them from the Babylonians just as He delivered their forefathers from Egypt. God tells them this new thing He is doing for them will be like a river in the desert so they may declare His praise. (v 14-21)
Doesn't this chapter fulfill the definition of awe? Don't we serve an awesome God? Doesn't His description of Himself and us cause you to repent, praise and worship the Savior, Redeemer, Creator, and King of Israel who is Holy?
Holy One of Israel, we proclaim Your greatness. You alone are worthy of praise, glory, and honor. Thank You for choosing us. We are aware of our unworthiness. Your grace, mercy, and compassion are the only reason we would ever receive Your name. THANK YOU.