But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies,
And from those who persecute me. Make Your face shine upon Your servant;
Save me for Your mercies’ sake.
The Psalmist proclaims trust in the LORD on the basis of belonging to God, and the knowledge that his times were in the hand of God. No matter what comes our way in time, we have the assurance that we are upheld by the strong hand of the One in whom we trust. In times of trouble, we should always remember that our times are in His hand.
Those who persecute you cannot prevail because all power is in the very hand that holds you up. Absolutely nothing that impacts our lives in time, is in the absence of a merciful God. During these times it is encouraging to know that our times are in His hand. The God who dwells in eternity reaches into time to hold you and me in the palm of His hand. Why does God reach down from eternity to hold our times in His hand? Hear the word of the LORD from the prophet in Isaiah 57:15-16:
For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
“I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,
To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
For I will not contend forever, Nor will I always be angry; For the spirit would fail before Me, And the souls which I have made.”
The High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity looks upon the contrite and humble spirit. The Hebrew meaning of contrite is dakka; bruise — when we are bruised and feeling low, that is the time when the LORD holds us in His hand. He knows that our spirit would fail, and our soul will be cast down, unless he revives our heart. Because your times are in His hand, you should expect a revival of heart when if feels as though wrath is surrounding you.
No matter what you are presently going through, you can confess with confidence and complete assurance that your times are in His hand. Note that times is plural and hand is singular. This means that all of our days are under His providence, and every need is met by one hand consistently. This word “Providence” comes from the Latin providentia and means essentially foresight or making provision beforehand. By this we know, that all we will ever need, His hand has already provided because He has foreknowledge Therefore, I say to you rejoice, because your times are in His hand.
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