Thursday, December 5, 2013
This is the memory verse for Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study "A Confident Heart" this week. I love this verse.
The NIV translation says, "You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me."
"You hem me in"...mmm... doesn't that sound lovely?
Today we are digging in deeper...
Part 1: "You go before me and follow me."
In the original Hebrew, "hem" is the word tsuwr, and it means to enclose or secure. Wow! How comforting to know the God of the universe has us tucked in tight and secure.
"You go before me." The Hebrew word for "before" is qedem. It means aforetime, from the beginning.
God knows the future. He is already there. He has known it from the beginning. He goes before us.
"...and follow me." The Hebrew word for "follow" is achowr. It means the back side or rear.
He is our rear guard behind us. He hems us in secure in Him.
He is before us and behind us. As my friend, Melissa Taylor, says, "We are a God-sandwich".
Now for Part 2: "You place your hand of blessing on my head."
The word "hand" is from the Hebrew word kaph. One meaning is palm of the hand. He not only inscribes us in the palm of His hand (Isaiah 49:16), but He also places His hand on us. Again, God-sandwich!
Another meaning for kaph was power. God places His hand of our head and when He does, it is full of His glorious power! Of course it is, after all, He is God, full of power and majesty!!
Wherever we go, He goes. He goes before us. He is already there. He stands behind us to protect and guard and hem us in. He places His Almighty and powerful hand of blessing on our heads!
Father, we thank You that You go before us and follow us, that You place Your hand of blessing on our heads. Thank you for hemming us in and keeping us secure in You and Your power. We need not fear the future, worry about the present, or fret about the past because You surround us as with a shield. We are secure in Your love. In Jesus' Name, Amen.