Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 30, 2018

“Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 1:57-66.

“Now the time had come for Elizabeth to give birth, and she gave birth to a son.  Her neighbors and her relatives heard that the Lord had displayed His great mercy toward her;  and they were rejoicing with her.

And it happened that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to call him Zacharias, after his father.  But his mother answered and said, “No indeed;  but he shall be called John.”  And they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by that name.”  And they made signs to his father, as to what he wanted him called.  And he asked for a tablet and wrote as follows, “His name is John.”  And they were all astonished.  And at once his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he began to speak in praise of God.  Fear came on all those living around them;  and all these matters were being talked about in all the hill country of Judea.  All who heard them kept them in mind, saying, “What then will this child turn out to be?”  For the hand of the Lord was certainly with him.”  Luke 1:57-66.

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In today’s devotion, we will meditate on a few Scriptures that talk about the hand of the Lord.

First, we notice that the hand of the Lord generally represents “what the LORD did” as compared to what we are able to do with our own strength, wisdom, and other abilities.

“You shall tell your son on that day, saying, ‘It is because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.’  And it shall serve as a sign to you on your hand, and as a reminder on your forehead, that the law of the LORD may be in your mouth;  for with a powerful hand the LORD brought you out of Egypt.”  Exodus 13:8-9.

Second, we notice “the saving strength” of the hand of the Lord.  It is the Lord Who saves.  Although other doctrine boasts about what it contributed to its salvation whether it be works or the will to be saved, Reformed Doctrine recognizes “the saving strength” of the hand of the Lord and that it leaves no room for boasting in our self.  We will only boast in the Lord, because the Lord does all that we need for salvation.

“6 Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed;
He will answer him from His holy heaven
With the saving strength of His right hand.
7 Some boast in chariots and some in horses,
But we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God.”  Psalm 20:6-7.

Third, we notice that the hand of the Lord causes us to be able to do great things for the Lord.  In today’s Scripture, we read:  “All who heard them kept them in mind, saying, “What then will this child turn out to be?”  For the hand of the Lord was certainly with him.”  Verse 66.  That is, the people wondered what great things that John would do for the Lord because the Lord was with him  And, in the following Scripture, despite persecution, there were men who preached the Lord Jesus, “And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord.”

“So then those who were scattered because of the persecution that occurred in connection with Stephen made their way to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except to Jews alone.  But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who came to Antioch and began speaking to the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus.  And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord.”  Acts 11:19-21.


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