Words from the Heart for Wednesday October 21st, 2020

You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.

Psalm 139:5 (NIV)

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Hemmed In

In the mid-eighteenth century, France controlled the largest part of the North American continent. A Catholic, French-speaking society of 55,000 was centred in the cities of Quebec and Montreal, in the fortress of Louisbourg, spread thinly through villages along the St. Lawrence and in small forts that advanced their territory into the interior. The much more populous English colonies, from Halifax to Savannah, were hemmed in by the French and the Allegheny Mountains, a source of great frustration and bitterness to the English settlers.


It has been said that a man’s home is his castle, the idea being that everyone needs a place where we can go and feel safe from the pressures and frustrations of the world. I have a friend who expresses the same idea by saying, “some days I just want to pull the sheets over my head and stay in bed.” However you put it, every human being gets the idea of needing a safe place. So did King David. He wrote this in Psalm 139:5: “You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.” The word used in the Hebrew for “hem” here is often used of a military siege or fortification. It is also used in terms of guarding a valuable object. That’s exactly how David viewed himself in his relationship with the Lord. God surrounded him to protect him, and laid His loving hand upon him to assure him that God loved him and was with him. You can find your safe place in the Lord Jesus as well. He will protect you from the attacks of the enemy and will continually touch your life with His unfailing love.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley