You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great. Psalm 18:35 (NKJV)

The Bible contains many references to hands. Men shook or struck hands as a sign of commitment or pledge. In the United States and many other countries, people shake hands as way of greeting. In the Bible, raised hands symbolize praise and thanksgiving (Psalm 63:4). The right hand, especially when used in connection with God, is a symbol of might and power (Psalm 44:3). The very touch of another’s hand can communicate blessing and love.

The laying on of hands by the apostles in the New Testament separated men for God’s service. It was a physical display of God’s anointing (Acts 13:3). As children, we sang the song “He Has the Whole World in His Hands.” This is the way God likes for us to view His awesome ability. Your entire life is kept safe in the palm of God’s loving hand. There under His watch of safety are tremendous peace and security.

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