10b I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
A threefold commitment from the LORD God to His people is found in God’s “I will’s” — I will, I will, I will — in this portion of Isaiah 41:10. Oh, the certainty of the promise! His assurance to His people speaks of His foreknowledge and readiness to help them in the midst of their troubles. In its context, the Lord revealed to them the great troubles that the nation of Israel and the world around them would face. However, the Lord wanted them to know that He remained committed to them as their unchanging and unfailing God. He had already said in the early part of this verse, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God”. The LORD God is not like those who abandon us in the hour of our need. He is a God who remains faithful to His people as their true companion. He wants His people to always remember, particularly in times of adversity, that they can count on Him to aid them.
Firstly, the LORD promised: “I will strengthen thee”. The Hebrew word for “strengthen” has the idea of making firm something that is exhausted and weakened, or emboldening a discouraged and distressed heart. In the earlier chapter, the LORD spoke illustratively about His strengthening ¬– “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:29-31).
Secondly, the LORD promised: “yea, I will help thee”. Now in this chapter of Isaiah, the LORD graphically portrayed His help – “For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 41:13-14).
Thirdly, the LORD promised: “yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” The word “uphold” has the idea of laying hold of something to support it. The word “right hand” denotes strength and action. His right hand will never act unjustly, but always according to His everlasting righteousness. Just as He has promised, He will uphold us. All His words to us are a well-guaranteed promise. Let us rest in His promises.