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Because the LORD Is the One Who Holds His Hand

June 23, 2014

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Because  the LORD  Is the One  Who Holds  His Hand

It is so comforting  to have someone  hold our hand.     Whether it’s a time  of troubles,  sorrow,  sickness,  or death,  we appreciate  the love  and concern  of those  who willingly  hold our hand  in true empathy.

In Psalm 37,  King David comforts us all  in our concerns  over all the evils  taking place  right now  in this world.     David assures us  of God’s impending judgments  against all the wicked  —  and God’s tender care  for each of us,  day by day.     We might feel  so ashamed  of the times  we fall  into a sin  of any sort.     Those are the times  when we call out  to our God  for the strength  we need  to live  to His glory.     And, that’s when  King David  shows us,  in Psalm 37:23-24,

The steps  of a man  are established  by the LORD;
And He delights  in his way.
When he falls,  he shall not be hurled headlong;
Because the LORD  is the One  who holds his hand.

This is one of those  “Wow!”  truths.

Here we are,  truly wanting  to be pleasing  in God’s sight  —  so glad  to honestly know  the love  of God  —  and then,  we fall,  big time,  in our estimation.     What happened?!     In our heart,  our fall  is so shameful.     We wanted  to please  our LORD,  but we sinned anyway.     It happened so fast  and sneakily.

David had said,  “The steps  of a man  are established  by the LORD;  and He delights  in his way.”     God did not  lead us  into sin.     Rather,  God actually  “delights”  in the ways  of those who love  and trust  the LORD.     But,  no matter  who we are,  all  of mankind  is sinful.     We were all born  in sin  —  and we will sin  until the day  we die.     Consequently,  there are times  when we will fall  into sin.

From personal experience,  David comforts us all.     David lets us know  that,  “When he falls,  he shall not be hurled headlong;  because the LORD  is the One  who holds his hand.”

It is only those  who despise  the LORD God  and His word  who are  “hurled headlong”  into the eternal punishments  for their incessant,  hateful  rebellions.     But,  when we purposefully  and sincerely,  in love,  long to live  according  to God’s ways,  our  “steps”  “are established  by the LORD”.     It is God Almighty  who helps us  along our way  through life.     We are not living  in obedience  by our own strength.     Only God  is able  to help us  step by step  —  one day at a time.

For all the times  we are truly walking  by faith  and love,  it is only  because the LORD  is the One  who holds his hand”.     We are all  THAT dependent  upon God’s support  moment  by moment  —  for our entire lives.

Realizing God’s faithfulness,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your marvelous,  most faithful love  through thick  and thin.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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