Sunday, October 28, 2018

God's hand...

Our six year old granddaughter was holding onto Papa's hand while we walked through the chaotic Costco parking lot. I reached for the hand of her nine year old sister, but she pulled away. I suppose she thought she was too old and maybe just a little bit too cool to be holding Nana's hand. Much to her chagrin, I made her hold my hand anyway.

I'm a big holding hands proponent. In our busy city, I see parents letting their children race in front of them through a crosswalk or crowded parking lot. I think of how important the protective touch of a parent's hand can be to grab their child out of the way of an oncoming car or one that is backing up without noticing that there's a little one nearby. However, children can pull against that kind of control. They resist the restraint.

This morning I took a few moments to look up in the Psalms a few scriptures about the importance of God's hand in our lives.

For help and protection-
You have seen it; yes, You note trouble and grief (vexation) to requite it with Your hand. The unfortunate commits himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless. Psalm 10:14

Show Your marvelous loving-kindness, O You Who save by Your right hand those who trust and take refuge in You from those who rise up against them. Psalm 17:17

My times are in Your hands; deliver me from the hands of my foes and those who pursue me and persecute me. Psalm 31:15

That Your beloved [followers] may be delivered, save with Your right hand and answer us! [or me]! Psalm 108:6

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me. Psalm 138:7

For guidance-
You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11

Even there shall Your hand lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. Psalm 139:10

For support-
My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63:8

For provision-
When You give it to them, they gather it up; You open Yourhand, and they are filled with good things. Psalm 104:28

How often do I reach out for God's hand when I need or want something, yet, like a willful child, resist the restraint of His hand when I want to go my own way or do my own thing? God, help me, help us, to cling tightly to Your mighty hand at all times!

still following,


  1. Yes, praying this morning that I will cling, and not resist, His mighty hand. And therein, lies safety and peace. Blessings!

  2. We are blessed to be held in the palms of his hands.

    1. Indeed! I'm beyond grateful that He doesn't let go of me!

  3. Wonderful thoughts today, Elizabeth. Lord, help me to cling tightly to your mighty hand!

  4. Beautiful. I have been reaching for his hand this week even though I am not understanding his ways. I know that I need only follow his lead.


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