Posts Tagged ‘Psalm 31:15’

Perilous times: My times are in your hands

November 4, 2018

As a youngster back in the day in the middle of the 20th Century, I recall elderly adults testifying that we were living in “the last and evil days.” As we continue to move rapidly into the first quarter of the 21st Century, some believers refer to 2 Timothy 3:1 and echo similar views of the times in which we presently live:

2 Timothy 3:1

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:

This verse has also been translated this way in the Amplified Bible:

But understand this, that in the last days dangerous times [of great stress and trouble] will come [difficult days that will be hard to bear].

Other versions of the Bible describe perilous times as “violent periods of time” or “times full of danger.”

The Passion Translation renders the verse:

But you need to be aware that in the final days the culture of society will become extremely fierce and difficult for the people of God.

Without question, the events subsequent September 11, 2001 catapulted the world into a state of anxiety and fearfulness, as the world has been engulfed in wars and rumors of wars, as ethnic conflicts flare up across the globe. The world is still seeking “Peace in our times” and continues to cry out for “Peace, peace, but there is no peace.” In the midst these turbulent times of seemingly endless turmoil and strife, those with spiritual eyes to see observe all that is transpiring as some of “the signs of the times.” Although the present times are stressful and difficult to deal with, we can find strength and comfort in the words of the Psalmist who personalizes his assurance that the Lord God is aware of the times in which David lives and that He will deliver his servant.

In the Old Testament some form of the verb palat, the Hebrew word for “deliver,” is translated “to pluck out of the hands of an oppressor or enemy; to preserve, recover, remove; to deliver from danger, evil, trouble; to be delivered, to escape.” We note how the term is used in Psalm 31:1-4, 15 in the Amplified Bible:

In You, O LORD, I have placed my trust and taken refuge;
Let me never be ashamed;
In Your righteousness rescue me.
2
Incline Your ear to me, deliver me quickly;
Be my rock of refuge,
And a strong fortress to save me.
3
Yes, You are my rock and my fortress;
For Your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me.
4
You will draw me out of the net that they have secretly laid for me,
For You are my strength and my stronghold.
15
My times are in Your hands;
Rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from those who pursue and persecute me.

Verse 15 is also personalized and expressed in these original lyrics

My Times Are In Your Hand

There are times in life when I simply don’t understand,
When I cannot see the intricacy of your perfect plan,
When I’m tossed about and full of doubt,
When it seems I just can’t endure,
Your spirit comes beside me,
To comfort and to guide me,
To redirect and reassure,
To help me understand that my times are in your hand.

My times are in your hand.
My times are in your hand.
Your spirit comes beside me,
To comfort and to guide me,
To redirect and reassure,
To help me understand that my times are in your hand.

My times are in your hand.
My times are in your hand.
I submit every vision, each purpose and plan.
Though I may never fully understand,
I stand secure in knowing my times are in your hand.

It’s so comforting to know
My times are in your hand.
My times are in your hand.

Jason Silver offers “Refuge,” a worship song based on Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16

 

Secure in the Father’s hand

April 21, 2016

John 10--28-30 2

The Verse of the Day for April 21, 2016 comes from John 10:28-30 (Amplified Bible):

And I give them eternal life, and they shall never lose it or perish throughout the ages. [To all eternity they shall never by any means be destroyed.] And no one is able to snatch them out of My hand. My Father, Who has given them to Me, is greater and mightier than all [else]; and no one is able to snatch [them] out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are One.

The passage offers comfort to those who put their trust in the Lord, knowing that they are securely held in His hand and that no one is able “to snatch them or pluck them out of the Father’s hand.” Knowing that God is good and that there is no one good but the Father, we realize that we are in good hands, even better than Allstate Insurance.

Not only does God, our Father, hold us in the palms of His hands, but the scriptures also reveal that He has tattooed portraits of His beloved people in the palms of His hands.

The Amplified Bible (AMP) offers this rendering of Isaiah 49:16

Behold, I have indelibly imprinted (tattooed a picture of) you on the palm of each of My hands; [O Zion] your walls are continually before Me.

The New King James Version (NKJV) says this:

See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Your walls are continually before Me.

Although tattooing is extremely popular today, and we see the names and portraits of individuals inked on the skin of countless people across the world, what God has done is unique in expressing His love for people. Bishop KC Pillai, a converted Hindu, who dedicated his life to enlightening students of the Bible regarding Orientalisms or customs and practices from the Eastern sectors of the world, explains that tattooing is the oriental way of remembering people expressed in Isaiah 49:16:

If you give a present you may lose it, but if you tattoo something on an individual you will never lose it. Therefore, we always remember you. They tattoo all over the arm different places, but never in the palm. The palm is too tender and delicate. It takes time to look for other tattoos, but here in the hand [there is] no time to look, just as open as your palm.

Every time God “does something with His hand” those whom He loves come to mind, for He remembers everything about them. God put us in His palms—we are always before Him, figuratively beyond the lyrics of Willie Nelson: “We are always on His mind.”

In reflecting on the passage from John 10, I recall a similar expression of comfort as far as God’s hands are concerned:

Psalm 31:15 (NKJV):

My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, And from those who persecute me.

This verse, in part, provides the inspiration for the following lyrics:

My Times Are In Your Hand

There are times in life when I simply don’t understand,
When I cannot see the intricacy of your perfect plan,
When I’m tossed about and full of doubt,
When it seems I just can’t endure,
Your spirit comes beside me,
To comfort and to guide me,
To redirect and reassure,
To help me understand that my times are in your hand.

My times are in your hand.
My times are in your hand.
Your spirit comes beside me,
To comfort and to guide me,
To redirect and reassure,
To help me understand that my times are in your hand.

My times are in your hand.
My times are in your hand.
I submit every vision, each purpose and plan.
Though I may never fully understand,
I stand secure in knowing my times are in your hand.

It’s so comforting to know
My times are in your hand.
My times are in your hand.
My times are in your hand.

Stephen Collins also offers a song: My Times are in Your Hands.

A Five-fold Prayer: Protect Me

February 7, 2012

In the fourth part of my Five-fold Prayer I ask God to "Protect Me."

This blog entry is the fourth part of “A Five-fold Prayer,” a series of commentaries based on a statement regarding the ways of God when we find ourselves in perplexing situations that challenge our faith. In such instances, God is endeavoring to do one or a combination of five things: “Direct you; Inspect you; Correct you; Protect you; Perfect you.” After hearing those words, I took those five verbs and formed them into a request, a petition, a prayer to God for me.  I asked God to become the initiator of the action, and I would become the object of his action. I also examined each of the verbs with scriptural illustrations from the Old Testament and New Testament and composed a prayer/psalm inspired by each verb at the end of each section related to each of the five verbs. In writing out my personal application of the scriptures, I also incorporated music related to the verbs as well. In Part 4 I ask God to “Protect Me.”

 

Using the verb "deliver" in place of "protect" which is not found in the KJV of the Bible

 

Protect: Since there is no word “protect” used in the King James Version, I used “deliver,” a word that has the following definition and is found in the following scriptures:

Deliver:

O.T.: to pluck out of the hands of an oppressor or enemy; to preserve, recover, remove; to deliver from danger, evil, trouble; to be delivered, to escape;

Psalm 31:1-4 and verse 15

31:1 In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.

2  Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defense to save me.

3  For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.

4         Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength.

15  My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.

 

The Greek word used in the New Testament is ruomai, translated to mean: “to draw or snatch to one’s self from danger, to rescue, to deliver.” This particular definition brings to mind a stanza from one of my poems that poetically expresses my testimony:

With lovin arms you reached way down

        And snatched me from Satan’s outhouse,

Sought me and flat-out rescued me,

          Fixed me up in my Father’s house.

“Why Don’t Somebody Help Me Praise the Lord?”

Other related scriptures include the following:

Matthew 6:13:

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

 

II Thessalonians 3:3

But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

 

II Timothy 4:18

And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory forever and ever.

This section also concludes with a psalm or poetic prayer to God:

Protect me

 As a child runs to safety in his father’s arms,

So I, too, run to you, “my shelter from life’s storms.           

Lord, I long to dwell with you in the secret place:

My buckler, my shield, deliverer, my fortress,

Strong tower, defender, who responds to my prayer,

For Lord, you are faithful, who will establish me

And protect me and deliver me from evil.

As a youngster, I recall singing in the Junior Choir and learning a number of hymns, one of my favorites being “Jesus, Lover of My Soul.” Charles Wesley, the brother of John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, wrote the lyrics to this classic composition:

 

Selah, contemporary Christian music group, offers a fitting song related to this entry, “You Deliver Me”:

 

“Your Deliverance Will Come” by James Bignon and The Deliverance Mass Choir is an energetic reminder of God’s faithfulness.

 At the end of January I posted a blog entry entitled “To the Rescue Anew” that was actually a lead-in to a reposting of an entry “To the Rescue,” a commentary on the rescue of the Chilean miners back in October of 2010.