The wings of the cherubim cover me. The Lord Jesus loved me, and gave himself for me, and my times are in those hands which were nailed to the cross for my redemption.
Praise and worship
Thank you Jesus the owner of my soul, Alpha and Omega you are worthy to be praised, in all generations there is no one like you, Alpha and Omega you are worthy to be praised.
Bible passage is Psalm 31: 15
“My times are in thy hand.”
Father we thank you for another opportunity in your presence. We thank you oh Lord for the gift of life, for the sacrifice of your son our Lord Jesus Christ. The sacrifice he made has given us another chance to be free from sins. As we go into fellowship with you this first morning after Easter, give us better understanding of the times we are in and cause us to know that that except you keep us, we only try in vain. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!
DAVID the psalmist: his life was spent with grief, and his years with sighing. His sorrow had wasted his strength, and even his bones were consumed within him. Cruel enemies pursued him with malicious thoughts even seeking his life. At such a time he used the best resource of grief; for he says in verse 14, “But I trusted in thee, O Lord.” He had no other refuge but that which he found in faith in the Lord his God. If enemies slandered him, he did not render railing for railing; if they devised to take away his life, he did not meet violence with violence; but he calmly trusted in the Lord. They ran hither and thither, using all kinds of nets and traps to make the man of God their victim; but he met all their inventions with the one simple defense of trust in God. Many are the fiery darts of the wicked one; but our shield is one. The shield of faith not only quenches fiery darts, but it breaks arrows of steel. Though the javelins of the foe were dipped in the venom of hell, yet our one shield of faith would hold us harmless, casting them off from us. Thus David had the grand resource of faith in the hour of danger. Note well that he uttered a glorious claim, the greatest claim that man has ever made: “I said, Thou art my God.” He that can say, “This kingdom is mine,” makes a royal claim; he that can say, “This mountain of silver is mine,” makes a wealthy claim; but he that can say to the Lord, “Thou art my God,” hath said more than all monarchs and millionaires can reach. If this God is your God by his gift of himself to you, what can you have more? If Jehovah has been made your own by an act of appropriating faith, what more can be conceived of? You have not the world, but you have the Maker of the world; and that is far more. There is no measuring the greatness of his treasure who hath God to be his all in all.
Having thus taken to the best resource by trusting in Jehovah, and having made the grandest claim possible by saying, “Thou art my God”, the Psalmist now stays himself upon a grand old doctrine, one of the most wonderful that was ever revealed to men. He sings, “My times are in thy hand.” This to him was a most cheering fact: he had no fear as to his circumstances, since all things were in the divine hand. He was not shut up unto the hand of the enemy; but his feet stood in a large room, for he was in a space large enough for the ocean, seeing the Lord had placed him in the hollow of his hand. To be entirely at the disposal of God is life and liberty for us.
The great truth is this-all that concerns the believer is in the hands of the Almighty God. “My times”, these change and shift; but they change only in accordance with unchanging love, and they shift only according to the purpose of One with whom is no variableness nor shadow of a turning. “My times”, that is to say, my ups and my downs, my health and my sickness, my poverty and my wealth-all those are in the hand of the Lord, who arranges and appoints according to his holy will the length of my days, and the darkness of my nights. Storms and calms vary the seasons at the divine appointment. Whether times are reviving or depressing remains with him who is Lord both of time and of eternity; and we are glad it is so.
“My times are in thy hand,” . Whatever is to come out of our life, is in our heavenly Father’s hand. He guards the vine of life, and he also protects the clusters which shall be produced thereby. If life be as a field, the field is under the hand of the great Husbandman, and the harvest of that field is with him also. We are not in our own hands, nor in the hands of earthly teachers; but we are under the skillful operation of hands which make nothing in vain. The close of life is not decided by the sharp knife of the fates; nor by any deadly virus but by the hand of love. We shall not die before our time in the name of Jesus, neither shall we be forgotten and left upon the stage too long.
What a bliss this is! Our times, in all their needs and aspects, are in God’s hand, and therefore God is always caring for us.
Wilt thou not feel how good it is that God should come so close to thee, and handle thy bread and thy water, and bless thy bed and thy board? Brethren, is it not a delightful thing for us to know that though we are on a stormy voyage, the Lord himself is at the helm? ” our times are in God’s hands” and there we will leave them.
When the devil comes with his subtle questions and insinuations, refer him to your Lord, in whose hand your times are placed. Do the malicious resolve to crush you? They will use to the utmost their little power; but there is a higher power which will hold them in. Rejoicingly say, “My times are in thy hand.” Do they treat you with contempt? Do they sneer at you ? What does that matter? Your honor comes not from men. ” Cleave to the Lord in losses as well as in gains, and so let all your times be with him.
If my times are in God’s hand, no man can do me harm unless God permit. Though my soul is among lions, yet no lion can bite me while Jehovah’s angel is my guard.
To leave our times with God is to live as free from care as the birds in the air. If we fret, we shall not glorify God; and we shall not constrain others to see what God can do for us in the hour of tribulation. Fret and worry put it out of our power to act wisely; but if we can leave everything with God because everything is really in his hand, we shall be peaceful, and our action will be deliberate; and for that very reason it will be more likely to be wise. He that rolls his burden upon the Lord will be strong and his days shall be as the days of heaven upon the earth.
I always admire the serenity of Abraham. He never seems to be in a fluster; but he moves like a prince among men. He is much more than the equal of the greatest man he meets: we can hardly see Lot with a microscope when we have once seen Abraham. Why was that? Because he believed in God, and staggered not.
Half the joy of life lies in expectation. If we believe that all our times are in God’s hand, we shall be expecting great things from our heavenly Father. When we get into a difficulty we shall say, “I am now going to see the wonders of God, and to learn again how surely he delivers them that trust in him.” I thank God I have learned at times to glory in necessities and by marvellous deeds, he supplies all my needs, according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus! Surely it is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. Recent events around the world have shown us that the arm of flesh will fail us
Father, I place into your hands the things that worry me.
Father, I rededicate my life to you trusting that you will take care of me
Father still this storm and cause us to have joyful days again
Thank God for this month and ask that God gives us the grace to celebrate more Easters in Jesus’ name.