by Tammy Phillips
April 16, 2021
Can you see yourself the way God sees you? As God continued to love me back to Him on my weight journey and I continued reading through Isaiah, I came upon the word “Jeshurun.” Jeshurun only appears four times in the Bible. It means upright one or blessed one. I learned that Moses used “Jeshurun” as a synonym for Jacob and a reference to Israel, God’s beloved people. As Christians, we are adopted into the family of God. We are God’s beloved people. We are called righteous in Him. See where I am going? We are Jeshurun, the upright one’s in Him.
It became evident to me as I sought scripture that contained “Jeshurun” that I was looking in the mirror. God was painting a picture of His amazing grace.
The first mention of Jeshurun is in Deuteronomy 32:15,
But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered [with fatness]; then he forsook God [which] made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation. (Deuteronomy 32:15 KJV)
Yes, like Israel I grew fat, literally. I forsook God in my eating. I lacked self-control. I turned to food for comfort. I turned away from God in that area and lightly esteemed the Rock of my salvation.
BUT GOD…He still lovingly called Israel, Jeshurun, because of abundant mercy and forgiveness.
The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. 9 He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:8-12 NKJV)
You can further see God’s mercy toward Israel (and us) in the blessing and words of Moses in Deuteronomy 33:26-27
“There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, Who rides the heavens to help you, And in His excellency on the clouds. 27 The eternal God is your refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, And will say, ‘Destroy!’ (Deuteronomy 33:26-27 NKJV)
There is no god like the God of Jeshurun, who runs to help us. He is our refuge, hiding place, den, and our living room. He is where we live and abide. And we only remain upright because He hold us in His everlasting, ever loving arms. He lovingly goes before us and kicks the enemy out of the way, boldly saying, “Destroy!” And that, my friends, is OUR GOD. He removes our sins. He obliterates them as well as our enemy.
Who or what is your “enemy?” Is it fear? Lack? Depression? Addiction? Sickness? Is your God big enough to destroy your enemy? Mine is! My God is the God of Jeshurun. He sees us upright even when we have fallen down.
Can you hear His loving words to Jacob, Israel, Jeshurun and us in Isaiah 44:1-4?
“Yet hear now, O Jacob My servant, And Israel whom I have chosen. 2 Thus says the LORD who made you And formed you from the womb, [who] will help you: ‘Fear not, O Jacob My servant; And you, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. 3 For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring; 4 They will spring up among the grass Like willows by the watercourses.'” Our Lord says: Hear me! Listen to me. I chose you. I made you. I formed you in the womb.
DO NOT FEAR! I chose you Jeshurun. I chose your upright one. I chose you beloved one. Want to know God’s will? He says:
I WILL HELP YOU!
I WILL POUR… water on you if you are thirsty.
I WILL POUR…My Spirit upon your children.
I WILL POUR…My blessing on your descendants.
God does not take back His promises.
THEY WILLL SPRING UP among the willows and poplars by the watercourses, the rivers and the streams.
THEY WILL become trees of righteousness.
The God of Jeshurun is not talking about a sprinkling. He says He will pour His very self into us and our children and our children’s children. God sees us upright in Him! It does not matter what we have done. He freely forgives and gives of Himself.
I enCOURAGE you to ask Him to forgive you where you have missed the mark. Then hear His loving voice, “I forgive you. I forgave you 2000 years ago at the cross. Do not be afraid. I love you I am your God. You are My Jeshurun, my upright one. I will destroy your enemy. I have got you in My mighty arms.”
I enCOURAGE you to:
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, 4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:2-4, NKJV)