God Holds My Hand

       In Psalm 37:24, page 890, God revealed that all believers should expect to fall. The original language translated “When he falls” means that even the strong man, in whom the LORD delights, will still fall. 1The Hebrew phrase “When he falls” (“כִּי-יִפֹּל”) described the certainty of falling, just as 1 John 1:8, 10 in the New Testament express the same theme: even believers still sin. We learn here that God has a wonderful plan for our lives, and establishes the steps we take. But even strong, mature believers still fall into sin. God promises, however, that He would hold on to my hand, so that I would not be hurled headlong. 2The Hebrew term for “shall not be hurled headlong” (“לֹא-יוּטָל”) appears in the same Hophal form in Proverbs 15:33, where the dice are caused to be thrown into the lap. The mental picture there and in Psalm 37:24 brings to mind the idea of dice tumbling and rolling.  So also would be the man thrown down, tumbling and rolling. Instead, the believer never tumbles and rolls as the unbeliever because God holds the believer’s hand. The same root word also described the LORD as He hurled a great wind upon the sea, causing a great storm for the boat carrying Jonah away from Ninevah (Jonah 1:4, page 1448), Again, the LORD hurled the Egyptians pursing the people of Israel into the depths of sea, “like a stone into raging waters” (Nehemiah 9:11, page 779).  These images show that the LORD preserves the believer even when he sins, so that the LORD does not hurl him as wind arousing a storm, or a stone cast into raging waters to be tossed about underwater. Instead, Jesus tells us that He will hold our hand, and we will never be hurled headlong. What a blessing for all of us! As a teenager, I used to surf in some rough waves.  At times, I would be hurled by the wave underwater, and tossed about. Fortunately, I always came back to the surface in time for a breath. In the same spiritual sense, God will never allow you to be pulled so far underwater that you cannot come up for a breath. In fact, God emphasizes in this verse that when you sin as a believer, God will always hold your hand, so that you will never drown spiritually, no matter how great the waves breaking over you.

 

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1. The Hebrew phrase “When he falls” (“כִּי-יִפֹּל”) described the certainty of falling, just as 1 John 1:8, 10 in the New Testament express the same theme: even believers still sin.
2. The Hebrew term for “shall not be hurled headlong” (“לֹא-יוּטָל”) appears in the same Hophal form in Proverbs 15:33, where the dice are caused to be thrown into the lap. The mental picture there and in Psalm 37:24 brings to mind the idea of dice tumbling and rolling.  So also would be the man thrown down, tumbling and rolling. Instead, the believer never tumbles and rolls as the unbeliever because God holds the believer’s hand. The same root word also described the LORD as He hurled a great wind upon the sea, causing a great storm for the boat carrying Jonah away from Ninevah (Jonah 1:4, page 1448), Again, the LORD hurled the Egyptians pursing the people of Israel into the depths of sea, “like a stone into raging waters” (Nehemiah 9:11, page 779).  These images show that the LORD preserves the believer even when he sins, so that the LORD does not hurl him as wind arousing a storm, or a stone cast into raging waters to be tossed about underwater. Instead, Jesus tells us that He will hold our hand, and we will never be hurled headlong. What a blessing for all of us!
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