Posted by: peebles | June 21, 2013

Isaiah 49:16 (NIV) ~ See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.

Notice if you will the word “engraved”, it is an eternal reminder, not written, but engraved. The Hebrew word for engraved is haqaq, meaning to mark out, inscribe, portrayed. Portrayed means a representation of something, or in other words a picture, a picture of you and me engraved on the hands of the LORD.

I have lost count of the number of times I have looked at my hands today. Even in my time of worship, my hands were open before the Lord, with my palms facing upward. Take a wedding ring on someone’s finger, for example, whenever they glance down at it, it is a constant reminder that they are married to someone. If their love is true, they will always think of the one they are married to when they see their wedding ring. However, it is only a temporary token, but to someone engraved on the palm of the Lord’s hands is eternal.

Can you see Jesus before the throne of God with His hands open in prayer, saying to the God of all the ages, “Look at this one engraved on my palm, look at this picture of them portrayed on my palms. I love them, and I am praying to you ABBA Father for them, keep them safe, and bless them. Heal them, prosper them, and let them know Your bountiful abundance.”

Now let us move on to the second part of our text for today, ‘Your walls are ever before me’.

In the time in which this was written, walls were used as writing tablets to record the chronological detail of someone’s life, and to display a person’s life achievements, identifying who they were and what they did, including if they had a family, or what kind of possessions they owned. This amazing verse highlights how interested the LORD is in every detail of our lives. Not only are we engraved upon the palms of His hands, but our lives, “the wall of our life” is before Him.

My friend, the LORD will never let go of you. Your name is engraved on the palms of His hands and the wall of your life is ever before Him. He loves you and is constantly praying for you and thinking of you. Listen to tender words of love from Psalm 139:17 (NIV), “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!” The Lord loves you, and He has you engraved on the palms of His hands, your walls are ever before Him. Nothing is hidden from the Lord, yet he still loves you with an everlasting love.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.


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  1. I shared this with a dear friend whose husband died unexpectedly 1 week week ago . He had taken his life and he left behind his wife and 4 children. Thank you for sharing! This post couldn’t have been more timely. When this happened I thought of Isaiah 49:16 and googled this verse and your blog came up. God is so good.


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