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Hold Tight

by | Dec 29, 2021 | Praise, Relationship, Worship

Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises (footnote: dwell in the praises) of Israel.  In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them.” (Psalms 22:33 ESV)

When I collect my youngest daughter Sophia from school during Covid19 times she often rushes out to me and, with both hands, grabs onto my outstretched arm holding the bags.   As an old dad it is very flattering to have such an uninhibited show of affection from ones daughter, even if my back does not thank her for the jolt. It is an outward sign of her total trust in my fatherly love and security, an expression of release from the strictures of school.

It is such a moving event for me to be a part of, which melts my heart, but I make no big deal about it as we make our way together, her clinging on to my arm like one part of a courting couple, through the melee of parents and children at the school gates.

In the Old Testament we find that the Ark of the Covenant went out before the battles and lead the way for the people of God in the desert.  It was a physical adjunct to the presence of God dwelling with His people.  Somewhere after Chronicles it got lost in the mists of time and the Exile, probably stripped of its gold, re-appropriated and the wood burnt for fire.  God had left, as He promised He would when the people broke the covenant of mutual love, by reneging in heart and action. 

Of course in the New Testament, Jesus came to redress the problem of Israel’s lost hope of God’s Love, being distanced from God.  In the process He brought the prospect of hope,light, into the whole world.

Romans 12:1 and Hebrews 12:28 tells us that we should be grateful because of the tremendous gift of mercy and grace given to us in and through Jesus.  Our praise and gift is to be the only thing we have, ourselves.

So when worshipping and praising God recently I had this mind’s-eye picture of me holding onto God’s arm, just like my daughter had done to me at school.

With all my flaws and issues I know that I am free from the past and I have a future hope set in Jesus, because as I give myself, I know I am accepted, loved and secure with Him from the world about us as we go through life together.  

So if you are feeling on your own, left out, or struggling with a situation beyond your control, join with me to rush into the arms of Jesus today and hold on tight. 

Immanuel, God with us.  He will carry us through the storm.

Prayer: LORD, without You we are lost.  We praise You, worship You, adore You. In You we set our hope and hold on tight to Your Love for us that has opened the door into eternal life, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Rod Marshall

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