God With Hands | Psalm 147:7-14
Today’s Passage: Psalm 147:7-14
Key Verses: Psalm 147:10-11
His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of the warrior; the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.
God sent his Son not as a conquering warrior, but as a baby. He took away every privilege of deity in order to demonstrate his unfailing love to man.
Tiny hands waving about uncontrollably. A shrill cry piercing the damp air of a borrowed cave. A peaceful smile on the lips of a mother wearied by labor. A mysterious smile on the face of the mother's husband who has helped deliver a miracle. The Incarnation: God confined to an infant.
Growing hands pointing to the ancient scrolls. An adolescent voice asking and answering questions. The teachers of the Law, amazed at His understanding. A mother who “treasured all these things in her heart.” The Father smiling with favor. The Incarnation: God growing in stature.
Powerful hands turning water into wine, feeding multitudes, touching life into lifeless bodies. Thankful faces without words to express their gratitude. A mother’s smile as she hears of her Son’s marvelous deeds. The Incarnation: The Father being glorified through the Son.
Bound hands led away by Roman soldiers. Tied in complete submission to the eternal Plan. A mother waits; the dreaded time has come. The Father controls the final blow to sin. The Incarnation: "Like a lamb led to slaughter . . . He did not open His mouth."
Constricted hands; the result of spikes driven through His wrists. Arms outstretched; nailed to a wooden beam. A mother looks on, feeling every painful throb as her own. The just Father turns His back on His burdened Son. The Incarnation: “…the Lord caused the sin of us all to fall on Him.”
Scarred hands in resurrected glory. A chariot of clouds lifting Him to the Father. A joyful mother watching her Son ascend. A promise from the lips of the risen Savior: Just as I go, I will return again. The Incarnation: The assurance of our resurrection.
Open hands inviting every sinner. Accepting all who come to Him in faith. Blind eyes see; prison doors are opened. The prince or pauper; none are turned away. Eternal life for all who trust the Son. The Incarnation: Sinful man in communion with the eternal Father through His Son.