“Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I,” Isaiah 52:6, KJV
The taunting of the enemy was too much to bear at times. Captivity kept them bound and ridicule and defeat kept them shackled in despair. God’s people have suffered under bondage due to their own spiritual neglect, but God in His grace and mercy, showed them a compassionate heart and sought for their redemption. He was going to bring them back. All hope was not lost, He will redeem.
Reading this, I know there are times when we seemed locked in my life. If things are going okay and we are dwelling in peace, well then, that’s okay, lock me in! But when we feel defeated by burdens and enemies, it’s hard to believe deliverance is on the horizon.
In Isaiah 52:6 God displayed His personal investment in His people’s redemption. When He brought them out there was going to be no doubt in their mind that He is the one that fought for them, loved then and redeemed them.
Doubt is the enemy of our faith. We often try to walk by faith and not by sight but end up walking by sight and not by faith even though it is the very things we see that make us question. How is this going to turn out? Will I ever see the light of day? Doubt is a killer of dreams. Doubt already erases the possibility of something better because it doesn’t see it. Doubt is a robber of paradise and a hinderer of what can be.
But God is looking to change the focus of His people from their circumstances to their God. Four times He refers to Himself in this verse as the One who orchestrates and fulfills all for them. “My people . . . My name . . . I am He . . . It is I,” and He wants His people to know it.
My people: “Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture,” (Ps. 100:3, KJV). A shepherd’s job is to care for, lead and guide, and supply for the sheep. Isn’t it wonderful that despite their disobedience God was not ready to relinquish ownership of His own? Israel may have gotten themselves into captivity but they were still His people and because of that God was still willing to take a leading role in their care and in ours. Being identified as God’s people is a special privilege but it only comes to those who are under a covenant with God. Galatians 3:29 says, “And if ye be Christ’s, then ye are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise,” (KJV). Abraham was under a covenant with God (Gen. 15:18-21). Those that come under Christ now receive the same benefits as His “people,” (see also Rom. 8:17; 1 Cor. 3:23). You are God’s people, therefore, He wants you to know that He wants to take care of you and love you as His own!
- My name: “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into, and is safe,” (Pr. 18:10, KJV). There’s something about applying God’s name to deliverance. When someone puts their name on something it signifies ownership. People also sign their names to documents to state that they will perform a deed stated therein. His people shall “know my name.” His name will be glorified and remembered for their deliverance. He signed it and He declared it!
- I am He that doth speak: God is the author of all. In the beginning “I am He” spoke things into existence and it obeyed. That which He called forth manifested itself into reality. It went from a holy thought to a physical appearance because “I am He” spoke. When God speaks people better pay attention. Especially when He is speaking of your deliverance, as He was with His people. “For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I speak shall come to pass …,” (Ezekiel 12:25, KJV). His word is infallible and “I am He’s” word will be fulfilled in your life and you better know it!
- It is I: This takes me back to the time when God spoke to Moses from the burning bush and commanded Moses to go to Egypt. Moses asked, “What shall I say unto them?” (Ex. 3:13, KJV). God’s response, “I AM THAT I AM . . . I AM hath sent me unto you,” (Ex. 3:14, KJV). When one is waiting on deliverance they have to realize it’s all about God! His mark of sovereignty is over His whole plan. God referred to Himself as the total of all they needed to know!
Difficult times are never pleasant but when we know who it is that is on our side, we have nothing to fear in waiting for our deliverance. “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31, KJV). Isaiah 52:6 claims He is there with you; He’s the one fighting for you; He’s the one planning your deliverance; He’s the one speaking it over your life; He’s the one that owns all of this and will redeem His people out of it. It’s all about Him! In the midst of it all, He’s got you covered! It’s all about Him, in the midst of it all, He will be glorified! It’s all about Him and God is in control!