I’ve been thinking about all the far-too-many-to-count blessings of knowing Jesus Christ as Sovereign Savior and Lord. Psalm 138:7 makes this wonderful promise: “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me.”
Notice that David does not claim freedom from all trouble, but preservation in the midst of it. Heavenly re-assurance where there would otherwise be no assurance at all. When we look around at troubling circumstances, we’re tempted to forget the Hero of our childhood song who’s “got the whole world in His hands.”
Those hands we celebrated with our little voices would, of course, include God’s right hand. God’s right hand symbolizes His presence, His protection, and His power. But the Bible goes farther than that. Because of Christ’s work on the cross, Jesus is exalted to God’s right hand (Hebrews 1:13). Jesus rules over every authority at God’s right hand (First Peter 3:22). Jesus ministers in, to, and through us from the Father’s right hand (Romans 8:34). And Jesus will return at God’s right hand (Matthew 26:64).
So Christ, as the Son of God – God the Son – is absolutely sovereign.
But the Bible’s “right hand” promises get even better! According to Revelation 1:20, God’s right hand is a place of unqualified and unconditional protection for the church: a place of absolute safety for every follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. Of His sheep Jesus said: “No one will snatch them out of my hand (John 10:28).”
Those dangers, toils, and snares will come – but they’re putty in our Master’s hands (where you’re held tight). Nothing will touch you but by His sovereign permission – for your ultimate good, and for His ultimate glory. You’re eternally safe.
So “safe” is not just the language of America’s favorite pastime – it’s a description of you. If you’re in Christ, you’re in the safest place in the universe.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.