Admittedly, the title sounds gender-specific and it may offend some. Perhaps it should have been re-titled: “Your Right-Hand Person.” Not bad – but as an idiom or common expression, it doesn’t have the same ring to it. But you get the drift.

Can you recall a childhood experience when you were being picked on by other kids and you felt outnumbered and overpowered? All you wanted to do was run. Didn’t it feel good when, the next time those kids saw you, your father was at your side and walking with you? You sure weren’t afraid then. You knew you were safe, as long as you had dad at your side.

Picture yourself somehow surrounded by a bunch of threatening thugs who have cornered you downtown. Your friend, a police officer is doing sidewalk patrol.  You see him from a distance. You gesture with your hand for him to come over and stand beside you, and he does. Suddenly, you feel safe and relaxed. He will take charge from here on in; you just look to him.

Think about David as he wrote this line of his poem:

I have set the LORD always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Psalm 16:8

Ask David about the smart choice he made. Listen to his response: “Did I think about other options? Maybe for a split second but really there was no other wise option to consider. Knowing the availability of the Lord Himself, why wouldn’t I request Him to stand right beside me! In my heart, I just said: “Lord, please come here. Stand right beside me – here on my right-hand side. I’m not ashamed in the slightest to have You standing at my right-hand; in fact, I quite like it. I am not only honoured to set You here, I am relaxed and optimistic about today and tomorrow with You at my right hand. I will not shake or be shaken.””

I know this Psalm looks forward to Christ Himself and is one of the beautiful Messianic Psalms; but, it was also David writing about the fears and feelings of his own heart. Beyond King David’s mighty men who surrounded him, his greatest confidence was in the One whom he had intentionally chosen to set at his right-hand – the Lord Himself.

As you look around are you fearful? Where have you positioned the Lord in your life? Is He out there – on the doorstep of your life? Is He only a factor in my life when He could and should be the Lord of my life?  Is He waiting-in-the-wings in the drama of my life, or is He the main character on my stage?

Do you find yourself shaking often? Maybe you haven’t given the Lord His rightful place or maybe you have taken your eyes off Him. He’s there but your eyes are focussed on the threats – not Him. David said: “I shall not be shaken.”

Walk carefully and closely with the Lord today.

Warmly in Christ
Peter Ramsay

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