Now I will break their yoke from your neck and tear your shackles away. (Nahum 1:13)
Nahum chapter 1 speaks of how God let the Assyrians torment his people, the Israelites, for several years, that is, until they cried out to him, repenting of their sins and rebellion. When they did so, God gave them the promise that we read in the title verse here. God promised to break the yoke from their neck and tear their shackles away, meaning destroying their enemies who were tormenting them.
The Psalmist sings...
Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron, because they rebelled against the words of God, and condemned the counsel of the Most High. Therefore he brought down their heart with labor. They fell down, and there was none to help. Then they cried to God in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke their bonds in sunder. Let them praise God for his loving kindness, for his wonderful works to the children of men! (Psalms 107:10-15)
Sin and rebellion against God and his Word can delay our deliverance. Confession and repentance can make God look on us with favor again.
Dr. Johnson Cherian