I was reading today’s “Our Daily Bread” – Belonging about God being our Father and the corresponding scripture, Isaiah 44:1-5. As I was taking some time to ponder these verses, God took me on a little scripture journey to remind me of who He says I am and also what He says about whose I am.
Isaiah 44:1-5 says this:
“But now listen, Jacob, my servant, Israel, whom I have chosen. This is what the Lord says— he who made you, who formed you in the womb,and who will help you: Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. For I will pour water on the thirsty land,and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams. Some will say, ‘I belong to the Lord ’; others will call themselves by the name of Jacob; still others will write on their hand, ‘The Lord’s,’ and will take the name Israel.”
These verses highlight Israel being God’s chosen people. The rest of Isaiah 44 goes on to record what God Himself says about Who He is. You can read the whole chapter here but this is what I found. God says He is:
- The King and Redeemer (v.6)
- The Lord Almighty (v.6)
- The first and the last (v.6)
- The One and Only – apart from Me there is no God (v.6)
- The Rock – there is no other Rock like God (v.8)
- The Maker of the forests and trees from which the Israelites crafted idols (v.14)
- The Sender of the rain that makes those trees grow (v.14)
- The One who will not forget us (v.21)
- The Forgiver of sins – I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. (v.22)
- The Redeemer (v.22)
- The Lord, the Maker of all things, who stretched out the heavens, who spreads out the earth by Himself, who foils the signs of false prophets, who makes fools of diviners, who overthrows the learning of the wise, who carries out and fulfills His prophecy and promises (v.24-26a)
- The One who says Jerusalem will be inhabited, the towns of Judah will be rebuilt and their ruins will be restored (v.26b)
- The One who tells the watery deep to be dry and makes the streams dry up (v.27)
- The One who says Jerusalem will be rebuilt and the temple foundations will be re-laid (v.28)
This God, the King & Redeemer, the Lord Almighty, the First and the Last, the One & Only, the Rock, the One who does not forget us and forgives us all, the God who has made all things, stretched out the heavens, spread out the earth, defeated false prophets, fulfilled His promises, restored ruins, dried up streams and also poured out life giving water, rebuilt cities and relaid foundations – this God…has chosen me.
Initially when I read verses 1-5 for the Daily Bread devotional they resonated with me as a reminder that I am chosen and that I belong to God. I also wrote out these verses as a prayer for myself and my girls (see below) but reading the whole chapter reminds me of Who Has chosen me. Who has redeemed me. Who has secured me, restored me and blessed me. This God, this Rock, the One & Only. I am His and He is mine.
I believe very much in praying Scripture back to God over our own lives and the lives of others. We need to hear God’s Word spoken aloud and there is power in telling God what His Word says.
My Isaiah 44:1-5 prayer is this:
God, You have said:
Listen, Emily, My servant, Whom I have chosen.
God, You who have made me, You who formed me in the womb and You who will help me have said:
I, Your servant, whom You have chosen, don’t need to be afraid. You will pour out water on my thirsty land, You will pour out streams on my dry ground, You will pour out Your Spirit on my offspring, Acacia & Lily and You will pour out Your blessings on my descendants, my children and my children’s children. Thank You for how You give us life, how You bless us and the legacy we are leaving behind us.
I pray that You will make Acacia, Lily and all that come behind them to spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.
I pray that my children, Acacia & Lily and their children will say, “I belong to the Lord”, that they will call themselves by the name of Jacob (a people in covenant with God), that they will write on their hands, “The Lord’s” and that they will take the name Israel (Your chosen and redeemed).
Thank You, God, for choosing me, redeeming me, restoring me and blessing me. May I never forget who I am and Whose I am.
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