“Be Still,” Yolanda Adams
“Israel the Chosen,” Isaiah 44:1) Yet Now Hear, O Jacob My Servant; And Israel, Whom I Have Chosen. 2) Thus Saith The Lord That Made Thee, And Formed Thee From The Womb, Which Will Help Thee; Fear Not, O Jacob, My Servant; and thou, Jesurun (Jeshurun), whom I Have chosen. 3) For I Will Pour Water Upon him That Is Thirsty, And Floods Upon The Dry Ground: I Will Pour My Spirit Upon thy seed, And My Blessing Upon thine offspring: 4) And they shall Spring Up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses. 5) One shall say, I am The Lord’s; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto The Lord, and surname himself by the name of Israel. Exodus 13:9; Nehemiah 9:38.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, Now: The Call to listen immediately is featured in 42:14; 43:1. v2, Thus Says The Lord: This Emphatic Statement Emphasizes That God Authored The Prophecy And Thus It Is Certain To Come To Pass. Jeshurun meaning “Upright One,” is a poetic word for the nation of Israel (Deuteronomy 32:15). v3, Pour My Spirit: Moses Prayed For The Lord’s Spirit To Come On All Israel (Numbers 11:29); the prophet foretold It (Joel 2:28-32), And Christ Fulfilled It (Acts 2:14-36). v4, Luxurious grass symbolizes prosperity. v5, The repatriated would proudly identify themselves with The Lord. The name of Israel would no longer be associated with a worm (41:14).
Quest Study Bible – v2, “Jeshurun (Jesurun),” Another name for Israel, meaning one who is upright, or perhaps one who is pleasing. It is used only three other times, all in Deuteronomy. This may be an intentional allusion to a time when Jeshurun became proud, abandoned God, suffered and then was restored (Deuteronomy 32:15-43). v5, “Why did they write God’s Name on their hands?” The Israelites had a custom of Reminders Of God’s Law on their hands and foreheads (Exodus 13:9, 16). But this may allude to a pagan practice of branding a slave with his owner’s name. See an interesting parallel in 49:16, Where God Writes His Name On His Hands.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-8, Israel is here called Jeshurun, which means “The Upright One.” Such only are Israelites indeed, in whom is no guile (deviousness, deceit). Those That Serve God He Will Own. He Will Help Them Over Difficulties, And In Their Services. Water Is The Emblem (Symbol) Of The Holy Spirit; as water refreshes, cleanses, and makes the earth fruitful, So His Influences Make The Soul Fruitful. This Gift Of The Holy Ghost Is The Great Blessing, The Plentiful Pouring Out Of Which God Kept For The Latter Days. Where God Gives His Spirit, He Will Give All Other Blessings. Hereby, Shall Be A Great Increase Of The Church; Thus It Shall Be Spread To Distant Places. Was There Any Other Rock, Or Protector, That Could Defend Them? None Besides Could Foretell These Things To Come, Of Which God By His Prophets Gave Notice. All Was Set In Order In The Divine Predictions, As Well As In The Divine Purposes. Could Any Other Have Done So? Who Can Compare With Israel’s Redeemer And King?