You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Psalm 139:5
Jesus says, “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:27-28
Diane and I once got onto a crowded subway car and as we did, two young boys got on and stood between us. I pressed hard not to let the one get between Diane and me. He was young, but he was determined and strong for his age. But I’m bigger and I prevailed. He was not able to maintain his position between the two of us. Just before the doors of the subway car closed he and his accomplice scurried out of the car. I think they intended to remove our valuables. But I hand my hand on my wallet!
If I’m going into a public place where I am concerned for the wellbeing and safety of my wallet, I do two things. First, I put it in my front pocket. But this is a well-known trick. So I do a second thing, I put my hand in my pocket and hold my wallet there. Safe. Secure. Hemmed in on both sides by the cloth of the pocket. Hand upon it to keep it secure.
Have you ever thought of being in God’s pocket? Consider the imagery of Psalm 139:5. Hemmed in on both sides – like a pocket. Hand upon us – as his valuable treasure.
My friend taught me a clever trick about holding his child’s hand. His dad would reach down, cup his fingers up to make a trough onto which he – as a child – could hang his fingers and hold his dad’s hand. It seemed to me a good way to give a child the option of holding dad’s hand in a fun/unique manner. That worked OK for one of our children, perhaps two, but more often than not I had to resort to the hold-the-child’s-wrist-and-let-im-hold-my-thumb configuration. That way I had far better control over his running away.
Better by far is God’s hand upon us in protective guidance and love. The question is whether we reach for God’s hand or pull away from him. No one can get in his way, but sadly we can move away from him and his protective care. No one can snatch us out of God’s hand, but we can remove ourselves. And we can be like stubborn children who refuse to allow their mother or father to guide them.
Let’s stay delightfully in God’s pocket. We are, after all, a treasure to him!