Shade on your right hand

The LORD is our keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand – Psalm 121: 5

After the clause “is your shade on your right hand,” the Amplified Bible adds within parenthesis: “(the side not carrying a shield).”

This addition offers some insights, for in a man-to-man combat, the right hand would be the predominant fighting hand that which a soldier holds a weapon, and not a shield. Nevertheless, despite one’s vulnerability to potential treats from the Enemy, one could always trust in the promise of God that He, the LORD, will watch out for His own. He is ever ready to offer shelter and protection.

The LORD avowed to be the Keeper and Shade for those who looked upon Him for help (verses 1-2). If we are in need of His shade, our job is to seek refuge in Him.

The Lord who keeps us will not slumber (verses 3-4). He was, He is, and He will be there, standing beside us, and for us. If we are in need of His shade, our job is to trust Him and rely on Him.

The Lord will stretch out His hand to protect (verses 5-6) and keep (verses 7-8) our lives. If we are in need of His shade, our job is to wait upon Him.

We might have many “what ifs” in life. Even right now, we might be asking and doubting, “what if this,” “what if that.” However, what if He has other plans for our lives? We, therefore, should trust God and surrender all our what ifsto His charge. Yes, let Him handle it all, and let Him handle the unknown. He is going to help us achieve His plans and purposes for our lives. He is going to be in our Driver’s seat. He will protect us from the dangers of the day and night, rain or shine.

All the days of our lives, He will be at our “right hand (Psalm 16:8; 109:31). He will be our Keeper and Shade.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. – Psalm 91:1

For You have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat; – Isaiah 25:4a

Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings  – Psalm 17:8

And I (the LORD) have put my words in your mouth and covered you in the shadow of my hand, establishing the heavens and laying the foundations of the earth, and saying to Zion, ‘You are My people.’  – Isaiah 51:16

Song of the day: Lori Sealy, “God Moves in a Mysterious Way.” Lyrics by William Cowper, 18th century English poet and hymnodist.


About Florence Kuek

Was lecturer and researcher at a state university. Currently serving as Head of Student Services at a college. Has a pastoral heart for people. PhD candidate, Chinese Studies at University of Malaya.
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