31st July 2014

You Need Hands

The works of his hands are faithful and just…”
Psalm 111:7 (NIV)

In 1958 Max Bygraves released a song entitled ‘You need hands’, the words of which really touch a chord:
You need hands to hold someone you care for
You need hands to show that you’re sincere
When you feel nobody wants to know you
You need hands to brush away the tears
When you hold a brand new baby
You need tender hands to guide them on their way
You need hands to thank the Lord for living
And for giving us this day

Everyone expresses themselves with their hands in all kinds of ways. Unfortunately they are not only used for good, or as signs of affection and to build up, as in this song. They can also be used for hatred, anger and to destroy.

When I think of God another song comes to mind:
He’s got the whole world in His hands…
He’s got the wind and the rain in His hands…
He’s got the tiny little baby in His hands…
He’s got you and me, brother, in His hands…
He’s got everybody here in His hands…
He’s got the whole world in His hands.

It’s comforting to know that God is in total control and has everything, including us, ‘in his hands’. Jesus had his hands nailed to a cross in order to save us and give us eternal life. It’s in those same hands that we are safe with our future secured, as Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:28)  Then to add even greater weight to his statement he continued, “My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” (Verse 29)

There can be no safer place to be than in the hands of the Father and Jesus. This wonderful assurance makes me want to respond like David in Psalm 63, “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands…with singing lips my mouth will praise you.” (Verses 3-5)

How about you?

Thank you for the great salvation you have given to us by your mighty hand. Please give me the heart to praise you with lips and hands for as long as I live.

Study by Barry Robinson


barryrobinsonAbout the Author:
Barry Robinson is an Elder in and pastoral worker in the Greater London area, particularly the Camberwell and North London congregations of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Camberwell
The Salvation Army Hall
105 Lomond Grove

Meeting time:
Saturday 11 am

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email:  barry_robinson@wcg.org.uk

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