My Hands . . . God’s Hands

Psalm 143:6 — “I spread out my hands to You; my soul longs for You like a thirsty land.”

Psalm 145:16 — “You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.”

These two verses jumped out at me tonight. Look at the difference between my hands and God’s hands.

My hands are empty. Totally empty. Imagine what Psalm 143:6 looks like. I stand before God and hold out my empty hands, showing Him that I’ve got nothing. Nothing. Can’t you see yourself standing before God, holding your open hands out to Him? We have nothing of real value, nothing that satisfies, nothing of eternal significance.

Then there are God’s hands. He has everything. He opens one hand — singular . . . one hand — and He can satisify the true desire of every living thing. His hands are filled with life, with everything we need, everything we want.

Built into my being is a desire for eternity, for perfect love, for God. I want to stand before Him and confess my emptiness and confess my longing and His ability to satisfy me. Then I want to stand still and let Him open His hand over me and pour out Himself upon me so that my desire might be satisfied.


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