Text: “My times are in Thy hand; deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.”
Good morning, Sovereignly secured Christian! God gave you and I ears on our hearts to hear the glorious Gospel of His Son, Jesus Christ. God gave you and I His gift of faith to believe, trust, and receive Salvation through Christ’s full Atonement Sacrifice on the Cross. God has kept you and I from the destroyer’s power - the influences of the world, the flesh and the Devil - throughout all the years since He saved us; and He has promised to strengthen, keep and deliver us from every evil and harm. It was in His Sovereign power to do all these things, and at all times according to His own Sovereign grace. Therefore, we are indeed, ‘Sovereignly secured Christians’! Hallelujah!
“They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. But I (Jonah in the belly of the great fish) will sacrifice unto Thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord. And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.” (Jonah 2:9-10)
What ‘great fishes’ belly’ are you or I in today, Christian friend? Does all around us seem lost and buried in the midst of the bowels of this anti-Christian world? Is trouble, and anxieties, and constant fierce oppositions threatening to swamp us; to drown our witness for the Living Lord God? If so, remember this: we are secured by a truly Sovereign and ever-faithful Lord God Almighty. NOTHING can pluck us from His Hand. Hallelujah! In Christ Jesus, we are invincible! Glory to His Name!
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give unto them Eternal life (not temporary, or transient life!); and they shall never perish neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. My Father, which gave them me (in Divine Election), is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are ONE.” (John 10:27-30)
Not one hair falls out of the true Christian believer’s head unknown to the Lord God - our times are, at all times, in His hand. Praise His Holy and gracious Name!
Verse 15. “My times are in Thy hand. It is said there is a moon to control the tides of every sea; is there not a Master Power for souls? It may not always be so, apparently, in the more earthly lives, but it is so in the Heavenly; not more surely does the moon sway tides than God sways souls. The hand of Jesus is the hand which rules our times. He regulates our life-clock. Christ for us and Christ in us. My times in His hand. My life can be no more in vain than was my Saviour’s life in vain. (E. Paxton Hood 1820-1885, in Dark Sayings on a Harp )
Verse 15. “Deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. It is lawful to desire escape from persecution if it be the Lord’s will.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 152)
We are NOT Supernaturally called to be all time martyrs, going like lambs to the slaughter, at every drop of the hat. No! The Lord often makes a ’way of escape…’ for us, His people - but it behooves us to personally take that ’…way of escape…’ offered, not to either run headlong into temptation and sin; or to go mindlessly into life’s furnaces without discerning the Lord’s will whether we should suffer, or escape from it.
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man; but God is faithful, Who will not suffer (allow) you to be tempted (tested) above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
“In Damascus the governor under Artetas the king kept the city of Damascus with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me (Paul); and through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.” (2 Corinthians 11: 32-33)
Therefore, we learn that there is a balance of discernment to be made by each of us personally, for every situation and circumstance we encounter in life, as to whether we must take a resolute stand, or take a prudent way of escape from danger and harm. The Lord grants wisdom and direction for us, especially in times of obvious danger.
“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves; be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)
Whether the genuine, Spiritually regenerate, Christian lives or dies - is at all times in the Sovereign hand of the Living Lord God - and His will is always perfect for us.
“For none of us liveth for himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord; whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that He might be Lord both of the dead and living.” (Romans 14:7-9)
“The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.” (2 Peter 2:9)
Thought: It is clear to all discerning Bible students that the Lord God is a Sovereign Lord God, Ruler over all things, Creator of all things; and a Sovereign deliverer from all sin. Our times, all our times/circumstances, are in His Hand.