Sunday 2 February, 2020

Acts 2:22-28

22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. 25 David said about him: “‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope, 27 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay. 28 You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’

We read here “because He (the Lord) is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”  I immediately thought of the worship song we have sung in church which features the phrase “we will not be shaken”.

This is a direct reference to Ps. 16:8, where David declares, “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand I will not be shaken”. King David (like most of us) had a lot of things in his life that potentially could have shaken him. But he kept his eyes on the Lord and was aware that He had a powerful protector at his right hand. 

I like the imagery depicted here – Jesus at my right hand! It’s easy to forget when something tries to shake my world that I have a powerful Saviour standing with me to fight on my behalf. That is why we can confidently sing and say “we will not be shaken”.

Nothing can stand against our all-powerful God. I don’t have to fight my battles alone – what a comfort this is! My job is to keep my eyes on Him and remember that He is at my right hand.

Right now, I’m closing my eyes and thinking of a situation currently I face that threatens to shake me. I’m seeing Jesus standing at my right hand, and it changes everything. I see myself facing it with confidence because I have a champion at my side. I will not be shaken.

Written by Shelley Witt

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