Saturday, March 23, 2013

right hand

Written by Harold Mally

Read Acts 2 and Psalm 16

For David speaketh concerning Him, I foresaw the LORD always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved ( or shaken):”  - Acts 2:25

Peter, in his first sermon, was quoting Psalm 16:8 as referring to Christ -  “I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” 

The LORD was the source of David’s strength, stability and security.  It is not just that David knew the LORD or considered the LORD important but rather he set the LORD at his right hand.  This must be true for the Christian also.  What does it mean for Christ to be at our right hand? 

The right hand is the one we do everything with.  We work best with our right hand and we rely on it.  We do nothing without our right hand unless the job takes two hands.  Therefore the concept of the right hand holds special significance.  Sometimes we refer to our best helper as our “right hand man”.  And we see this concept in Scripture in multiple places.   The first use of it is in Genesis 48 where Jacob in blessing Joseph’s sons puts his right hand on the head of Ephraim instead of Manasseh even though Ephraim was the younger thereby giving to Ephraim a special privileged place and blessing.   In the New Testament we read that Jesus is at the right hand of God, a place of highest status and authority.  It is good to ask ourselves if we give the same status and authority to Christ in our lives, not just in words or internal commitment but in every day practice.     

When Christ is always in focus, our constant companion and best friend;  When we do everything together in the sense that there is nothing I do that is not ultimately for His interests and purpose;  When I speak with Him continually about all the circumstances, obstacles, needs and decisions of the day;  When I speak about Him continually at every opportunity to make Him known;  When I constantly consult His Word, keeping it ever before me and delighting in It daily;  This is at least a brief way to describe the right hand.  When I, like David, consciously set Him as my main interest and purpose always, He keeps me firm, unmoved, steadfast and unshakable. 

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