Strengthen the Hands

Strengthen the Hands

Strengthening the Hands Introduction Sacred Scripture oft affirms the need of individuals to strengthen their arms, hands, knees, and/or feet. Jehovah protects and provides for His people, girding them with strength,

setting them securely upon the high places, training them for battle, upholding them with His right hand (Psa. 18:30-36). Psalm 119 In the Daleth division of Psalm 119, an acrostic poem where each section begins with a subsequent letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the author calls on God from

despondency and despair, saying My soul weeps because of grief; strengthen me according to Your word (Psa. 119:25-32, esp. v. 28). Our Strength Comes from the Lord After being delivered from Egyptian slavery, Moses and the sons of Israel sang, The Lord is my strength and song,

and He has become my salvation (Exod. 15:1-4, esp. v. 2). Our Strength Comes from the Lord Isaiah affirms, The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired He gives strength to the weary and those who wait for the Lord will gain new

strength, mounting up with wings like eagles, running without getting tired, walking but not becoming weary (Isa. 40:27-31). Our Strength Comes from the Lord This is well illustrated in the life of Nehemiah, the governor of Judah, during the days of the restoration. Leading Israel in rebuilding the defenses of Jerusalem,

he faced many trials, including distractions, false reports, and intimidating threats from Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and their supportive false prophets, etc. Yet, Nehemiah remained focused upon the task, was perceptive regarding the true intent of his enemies, and prayed, But now, O God, strengthen my hands (Neh. 6:1-16, esp. v. 9).

We Should Strengthen Ourselves and Our Brethren Consider the example of the worthy woman, who girds herself with strength and makes her arms strong (Prov. 31:17), and the exhortations of the prophet Isaiah to encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble and Awake, awake, clothe yourself in your strength, O

Zion (Isa. 35:3-4; 52:1-2). We Should Strengthen Ourselves and Our Brethren Let us heed the admonition offered to the Hebrew disciples to strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may

not be put out of joint, but rather be healed (Heb. 12:1-13, esp. vv. 12-13). We Should Not Strengthen Evildoers Among the horrors committed by the wayward prophets of Jerusalem, Jeremiah said, They strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that no one has turned back

from his wickedness (Jer. 23:13-24, esp. v. 14). We Should Not Strengthen Evildoers To encourage and support those who preach another gospel is to participate in their evil deeds (2 John 7-11).

Conclusion Let us be strong in the Lord, giving and receiving strength from one another. Yet, may we steadfastly avoid strengthening evildoers, and thus undermine the cause of Christ.

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