God's Hidden Hand

Psalms 139:1 O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. 5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. 13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. 17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

God’s hidden hand.  The heaven’s show the handiwork of God. We see so much evidence there is a God. People who say there is no God think they are enlightened. We live in a dark age where people are willingly ignorant. They don’t see what’s right in front of their face; it’s not enlightenment. I’m thankful for what I see, but I’m glad of the hidden hand of God. We have been blessed but often we don’t recognize the hand of God until after the situation is over. Just look at the Emmaus disciples. They walked with Jesus a good distance and didn’t know it.

We recognize so much on the surface; it’s so evident how God helps and heals and how he has kept us safe. It used to be if the car broke down you had to thumb a ride. Now it’s a different time and you’d think twice about taking a ride. Used to a driver thought nothing of picking up a person and that person thought little about accepting it. I’m thankful that God has kept me from having to hitchhike. As we drive, God’s hand is on the wheel. He has kept many of our cars going even in the midst of things wrong with them. 

Sometimes the pressures of life work on us. We see the shape the country is in. There’s a waiting list for kids to get in at St. Jude’s. People sell their bodies for nothing. The devil tells us to question God. But,  God’s hand is always at work. He’s even at work in what’s going on with our nation. Look what they did to the hands of Jesus. They were the hands of a carpenter because he helped his earthly father Joseph. Nazareth was a nowhere place to people in that day, yet out of nowhere he came. Look what he did. His hands reached forth and spoke “peace, be still” to the sea. He healed. Let’s not try to hide his hands.

Verse 16 says Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.  It might be confusing to understand. The psalmist realized that even before he was formed God was there. God had a plan for a human called David, son of Jesse. God knew the measure of his substance.  Not only his DNA and character, God had down the everyday life David would live before he was born. There was a lifespan and God had David’s life planned. When it didn’t go right, it was David’s fault. Things won’t always go in a manner pleasing to us. Woe unto us if we try to buck against what God wants.  The best thing we can do is let God have his way. Even as surprising and shocking as it might be, count your days unto the Lord. God’s hidden hands will work for you. Don’t hold them down. Forget your hands. We couldn’t even tie our shoes without the nimbleness God gives us. Our prayer should be “Lord, help me to trust your hand even when I don’t understand.”

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