Never Without His Tangible Presence

There are so many benefits of reading and studying the Word of God, but a personal favourite is that one cannot escape the magnitude of the explosive presence and personality of God. He is everywhere, and He reveals His character to anyone who searches for Him. There are simply attributes of His nature and goodness to be discovered everywhere! The 66 chapters in Isaiah seem to mirror the progression and completeness of the 66 books in the Bible. From the fortieth chapter the good news of His marvellous plan and eternal love for His people is palpable throughout the pages. When we read this scripture above, we consider what Jesus did for us at His crucifixion. The accusations held against us were nailed to the cross (Colossians 2:14). We were engraved into Him, right there where the cleansing blood of deliverance flowed. Interestingly, this same word for hand is used for the hollow part (the sole) of the foot, there where nails were driven into a rugged cross – further depicting His redemptive sacrifice for us.  The image of a cupped hand (palm) is the same word God used in Exodus when God told Moses that He would cover him in the cleft of the rock while His glory passes by. This immediately brings to mind the picture in Psalm 91 where we are covered by His protective wings. Then we find the same word is used of a flat hand, like when we clap hands together in joy and applause. Which reminds us of how God takes delight in us, rejoicing (spinning around under violent emotion) over us (Zephaniah 3:17).  The root meaning of the word walls is ‘protection’, and in another ancient language it significantly means ‘fortification’. We are forever, always, perpetually on His mind. As we immerse ourselves in His Word, we cannot doubt the integrity of His promises and plans for us. Praise God! We will never be without His tangible presence again!