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The Blessing of a Strong Right Hand

By: Pastor Jim Schoon

Key Passage: Psalm 63:7-8

“Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. 

My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds.”


When I was a child and would go to the city with my father, we would often come

to a stop light. When it turned green, he would say, “Take my hand.” It was his

way of saying, “I love you; I am responsible for you; and I want to take care of

you.” He would reach out his big hand, I would take it, and we would safely cross

the street.


In Psalm 63 the psalmist is talking about his relationship to God, and in verse 8 he

mentions the “right hand” of God. There are several principles in Psalm 63 that

are helpful for us today.


The first is: God wants us to be close to him. He wants us to “cling” to him in a

relationship that gladdens the heart of God and ministers to us. God has promised

to be close to us, and He wants us to be close to Him


Secondly, we can have confidence that as we trust Him, as we seek His support

and help, God will live up to His promise to watch over us. I remember the feeling

of confidence as I would take my father’s hand and cross the street. There was a

great sense of security as we walked together in front of waiting cars and passing

other pedestrians. I knew he would protect me, and it was a “safe” feeling.


It is the same feeling with God as we live today. As we draw close (“As my soul

clings to you…”) to our Heavenly Father, knowing He wants us to be by His side,

we experience His protection, for the Bible tells us, “God upholds us by his right

hand.”


Sarah Young has written in her daily devotional, Jesus Calling, “The way to walk

through demanding days is to grip God’s hand tightly and stay in close

communication with Him.”


As you walk through life today, imagine yourself walking with God in your daily

activities. Imagine His right hand upholding you. What a picture!


PRAYER: Almighty and Everlasting God, thank you for loving me and wanting

me to be close to you. Thank you for protecting me with your right hand. Give me

the strength to trust you as I extend my hand to yours. I want to walk with you

today, and I look forward to what the day will bring. In Jesus’ name. Amen.