Our Right-Hand Man

“Great peace have they who love Your law: And nothing shall offend them.” (Psalm 119:165)

Great peace is promised to those who love the Law of the Lord. That’s what this Bible verse is telling us. Apparently, every one of our anxieties really comes down this one issue — a lack of attention to what God has said.

Great peace? Really, Lord? Is this something we can have?

Feelings of disturbance and agitation come and go. At times, they seem so inescapable. These are a big and continuing part of life as human beings stuck in a world that’s programmed by a prince and a power who is also the father of lies.

Still, the words are there; these words tell us that if we rest in the love that comes from knowing His Word, we can endure offenses.

I think that this is what it means for patience to have its perfect work in us. Troubles come and I have some options. And the best choice I can make for my well-being is to think with God, according to Truth.

I get offended. I feel slighted and ignored. I feel forgotten. I think this happens at some point almost every day. But such feelings have been felt by others, and these are people we can read about in the Scriptures.

David in the Dark

David wrote several prayer songs in situations when the Lord seemed far from him. One of these is Psalm 142. This psalm features an explanatory line:  “A Maschil of David; A Prayer when he was in a cave.”

We read about David in a cave in 1 Samuel. He was not yet sitting on the throne of Israel though he’d been anointed for that position. The sitting king, Saul, sought to slay David. The man was insecure and envious. Saul, too, had been anointed for the throne. And David, as a warrior and leader in battle, had won marvelous victories that preserved the kingdom.

Saul could find no peace. He lost his love for the Law of God, as evidenced by his disobedience in the matter of Amalek, an enemy people that were to be totally destroyed.

The discovery of David with his courage and heart after God sent Saul into a rage. He hunted David and so David was left hiding out in a cave.

I point out this psalm because it shows that even one such as David experienced moments when the peace and presence of God wasn’t so real to him. The thing we must take note of is how David handled these moments and the feelings that came with them.

He was cold and in the dark. He could hear the voice and the footsteps of the soldiers of Saul as they closed in on him. Facing the giant Goliath, a known enemy of God and His people was one thing. Here, David was under attack from his king, the man he devoted himself to serving. His music had brought serenity to the palace when evil spirits agitated the atmosphere and brought depression to Saul.

What did David do in that darkness? He cried to the Lord. His trouble was real and he spoke his complaint out before God. He was hunkered down with dozens of men who chose to be with him, but he still felt as if no one was by his side.

“I looked on my right hand, And beheld, but there was no man that would know me: Refuge failed me; No man cared for my soul” (Psalm 142:4).

Can you see this? David felt abandoned and let God know it. We can do this, too. There are times when it seems that no one knows what we are up against. We desire a sense of someone’s presence. We want to know that with us is our Right-hand Man.

There, in the cave, David, for some moments at least, experienced loneliness and forsakenness. He had been brought very low and pleaded for deliverance. He did not run from them; rather, he faced them, addressed them, and directed himself toward the Lord. He clung to an expectation. The psalm ends this way:  “… The righteous will surround me, for You will deal bountifully with me” (Psalm 142:7).

The ‘In’ Factor

That’s how we find the great peace God has for us. There are answers in the pages of the Bible for us to take to heart. We find some of the best ones in the first chapter of Ephesians.

This letter of Paul to a thriving church in a pagan city breaks down neatly along two lines through its six chapters. The first three chapters detail the realities of who we are in Christ and the final three exhort us to live for Him in the Light of those realities.

Paul opened this writing with a holy and remarkable burst of truth:  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:3).

Let’s look at this closely. Particularly, focus on the two-letter preposition “in.”  This small piece of language denotes place—it indicates where we are. Little words such as this make a real impact on the meaning of the words they are close to.

The point driven home here is this one:  as believers, we are much blessed for we are positioned in Christ in heavenly places.

That last phrase takes on its ultimate meaning toward the close of Ephesians 1. The Father of glory raised Christ from the dead and seated Him “at His right hand far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come” (Ephesians 1:20-21).

Jesus is the One and only Right-Hand Man. We are hid in Him as He is there on His throne. And what does He do at that place? He ever intercedes for us as our Savior and Advocate. Click To Tweet

Jesus is the One and only Right-Hand Man. We are hid in Him as He is there on His throne. And what does He do at that place? He ever intercedes for us as our Savior and Advocate.

“Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us” (Romans 8:34).

“… If anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1).

These are the foundational truths of the Law of the Lord. Learn to love and embrace these words. His grace and mercy are ours always and forever.

Consider the Right-Hand Man standing for us at the Throne of Heaven. Get that picture in your mind and great peace shall be yours.

 

 

 

Steve Andrulonis
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