"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 41:14).
God is speaking to His exiled people in Babylon. He is telling them that they have nothing to fear - even though they feel so little, weak, and defenseless.
This idea is especially brought out in the designation that God uses for them - "thou worm Jacob." Why such a label? In their own eyes, they were mean and despicable ... despised ... in a state of contempt and affliction...trampled on by every body...unable to defend or deliver themselves...in a state of helplessness to resist their enemies...and seemingly forced to creep into the earth for safety. In the view of their enemies, they were the object of contempt and insignificance.
God said to them - "Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel..." Not only does He refer to them as a "worm," but then He alludes to their smallness in number or their being accounted as dead men - out of remembrance. This is what "ye men of Israel" implied. It carried the idea of them being few or feeble and also that they had no more respect shown them than the dead.
In spite of their situation and condition, why did God tell them that they had nothing to fear?
Simply because as "the LORD, and thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel," He promised to liberate them from their oppressors - "...I will help thee, saith the LORD, and Thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel." His title - "Redeemer" highlighted His zeal to defend and protect them. He was the One Who would come to free them out of the hand of all their enemies.
As "LORD," He had all power in heaven and earth to do the impossible. As "the Holy One of Israel," He would be sure to keep His promise to help them. And as "Redeemer," He would surely come to their rescue, oversome their enemies, and deliver them.
It is very interesting to note at this point a striking characteristic of the "worm." Even though it is weak and defenseless in appearance, it does have an area of strength. Its strength is found in its mouth. The "worm" doesn't strike like the snake, but it can gnaw great trees as the cedars and bring them down.
God's people - being likened to the "worm" also find their "strength" in their mouths - that is, in their prayers. As they call on their Mighty Redeemer - the LORD of heaven and earth - none other than Jesus Christ - He comes and rescues them from their powerful enemies who are out to destroy them.
"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."
Be encouraged today! As "the Holy One of Israel," God will be sure to keep His promise to you. You need not be afraid. He will surely help you and deliver you. You will see those harassing enemies no more!