God Holds My Hand

He Holds My Hand

Psalm 37:23-24, Page 890

        David knew about strong adversaries seeking his life.  But David also had a very strong faith in God to lead Him every day of life.  Consider Psalm 34:23-24, page 890 which David wrote.

Psalm 37:23-24, Page 890
The steps of a man are established by the LORD, and He delights in his way. When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, because the LORD is the One Who hold his hand.”

In Psalm 34:23, page 890, we learn that the steps of a man are established by the LORD. 1The Hebrew term for “steps of a man” (“מִצְעֲדֵי-גֶבֶר”) has several interesting features.  First, the term “steps of a man” also appears in the same construct form in Proverbs 20:24 (“Man’s steps are ordained by the LORD, How then can man understand his way?”). We see that God establishes the steps of a man, but that only God ultimately understands the path of life for a man.  Second, the Hebrew term for “man” in this construct identified a strong man, as distinguished from a woman or a non-combatant.  God emphasized with these words that God establishes the steps of very strong men, who trust in Him. As a soldier prepares for battle, by being on strong, stable ground, so also the LORD established the steps of the warrior-strong man. As a believer, I should rest in the certain knowledge that God has a carefully crafted plan for my life.  God established the steps of my life. 2The Hebrew term “established” (“כּוֹנָנוּ”) occurs in the polal (intensive) stem. This same word helps us understand how the term “established” describes our lives under God’s hand.  In Exodus 15:17, page 113, within the Song of Moses, God declared that He would bring His chosen people into the dwelling place of the LORD, a sanctuary established (“כּוֹנָנוּ”) by His hands. In Psalm 11:2, page 865, this same word “established” described the arrow placed (“כּוֹנָנוּ”) upon the bowstring. In Ezekiel 28:13, pages 1343-1344, God described the covering with precious stones “prepared” (“כּוֹנָנוּ”) by God for Satan, the covering cherub, before he fell in sin. Not only that, God “delights” 3The Hebrew term for “delights” (“יֶחְפָּץ) indicated that God truly loves to control the paths of our lives, so that we will glorify Him. God has prepared good works for us, that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10, page 1828), so that we may walk by faith, not works in my way. The LORD has a very personal and powerful interest in every single step I take, and in every move I make. The God of the Old Testament has an intense interest in every believer, and the God of the entire universe delights in the steps of man following His paths. When we tend to struggle with small faith and troubles, we can always look to these verses for strength and encouragement. The LORD delights in our ways, and establishes our steps. He knows, He cares, and He arranges every step according to His perfect, all-knowing plans for our lives.

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1. The Hebrew term for “steps of a man” (“מִצְעֲדֵי-גֶבֶר”) has several interesting features.  First, the term “steps of a man” also appears in the same construct form in Proverbs 20:24 (“Man’s steps are ordained by the LORD, How then can man understand his way?”). We see that God establishes the steps of a man, but that only God ultimately understands the path of life for a man.  Second, the Hebrew term for “man” in this construct identified a strong man, as distinguished from a woman or a non-combatant.  God emphasized with these words that God establishes the steps of very strong men, who trust in Him. As a soldier prepares for battle, by being on strong, stable ground, so also the LORD established the steps of the warrior-strong man.
2. The Hebrew term “established” (“כּוֹנָנוּ”) occurs in the polal (intensive) stem. This same word helps us understand how the term “established” describes our lives under God’s hand.  In Exodus 15:17, page 113, within the Song of Moses, God declared that He would bring His chosen people into the dwelling place of the LORD, a sanctuary established (“כּוֹנָנוּ”) by His hands. In Psalm 11:2, page 865, this same word “established” described the arrow placed (“כּוֹנָנוּ”) upon the bowstring. In Ezekiel 28:13, pages 1343-1344, God described the covering with precious stones “prepared” (“כּוֹנָנוּ”) by God for Satan, the covering cherub, before he fell in sin.
3. The Hebrew term for “delights” (“יֶחְפָּץ) indicated that God truly loves to control the paths of our lives, so that we will glorify Him. God has prepared good works for us, that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10, page 1828), so that we may walk by faith, not works
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