Saturday, April 28, 2012

Open Hands

I came across this section of Scripture a couple weeks ago. It is one that I believe will become part of my arsenal. My stack of verses I use on occasion in my battle against Satan.

“The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does. The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.” (Psalm 145:13b-16 - NIV)

Yes, God is trustworthy. Yes, He keeps His promises. Yes, He is faithful. Yes, He upholds us. Yes, we look to Him. But look at the last line.

He opens His hand...
This reminds me of the game I’ve played with my granddaughter. You know, when you place something in your hand, close both hands and ask, “which hand is it in?” With the same excitement, I am able to see what God holds in His hands for me.

A plan. An answer to prayer. A word of wisdom. A comforting thought. And the list could go on and on.

Regardless of what I’m searching for, or what I desire, God knows exactly what I need and He provides it.

He satisfies the desires…
I’ve learned in the past year how important it is for me to look to God for my satisfaction. There are great benefits for me by doing so. And boy can I get into deep trouble when I look to something or someone else for that satisfaction.

I don’t want to seek satisfaction in anything else but God. But I fail. So I continue to go back to God, ask for forgiveness, and allow His hand to be opened yet again to offer a precious gift.

A gift of grace. A gift of forgiveness. A gift of life.

This passage reminds me of another verse I mentioned earlier, also from the Book of Psalm.

"Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days." (Psalm 90:14 - NIV)

With God’s open hands, His unfailing love, and all the satisfaction I can stand, I stand before God as a woman seeking Him. Seeking God alone. And with that, I am able to sing for joy and be glad all my days. Thank you God for pulling me to You with open hands.

Grace and peace be yours in abundance,



  1. A lovely post again ... It's funny, this makes me think of the I think puritan sermon on being held in the palm of God's hand ... only it was a precarious "holding," as in, "God's holding you up until you mess up; then it's a straight drop to hell!" Not the most encouraging way of looking at the hands of God. I much prefer the image of hands wounded out of love for me, for all, open hands waiting for us to accept that free gift of love, and the hands of the Father waiting to wrap us up in that love when we're finally home! (Whoo ... sorry, I think I ranted a little! It's become too far in between times I really get to sit and reflect on just how AWESOME God is!) ♥

  2. Thanks again Khara...if you look at this verse it specifically says that God upholds those who have fallen...not kick them out of His hand, so this verse would teach against the sermon you spoke of. Anyway, thanks again...there will be more tomorrow :-)