Hemmed in by God

“You hem me in behind and before, and lay your hand upon me”

(Psalm 139:5)

To our modern, Western ears, the term “hemmed in” sounds like a negative concept. The word in English implies surrounding, limiting or restricting someone in what they can or cannot do, causing them to feel confined; without options. But in Biblical language it has a completely different meaning – actually the opposite of what we might picture. To be hemmed in by God is absolute freedom.

A Place of Freedom

David knew that God had him safely hemmed in on all sides. Nothing could come to David without first passing through God’s permission. What was true for David is true for all who put their trust in the Lord.

We aren’t confined, we are free; we can rest in the knowledge that we live within God’s safe place of protection and direction.

Psalm 34:7 tells us: “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.

Complete in Him

I like to think of a hem on a piece of a beautifully woven cloth, let’s say a table cloth. With that hem the cloth is finished, complete; it is protected from unraveling under the first small sign of stress, it can withstand washing and drying and last for years, perhaps even become a family heirloom. The edges are secured by the hem.

Similarly, God hems us in. We are secure and complete in Him, we will not become unraveled under every little stress of life.

God’s Hand

I love those words, “and [you] lay your hand upon me.” It depicts such beautiful imagery of a firm but loving Father’s hand upon the head of His child. It’s a hand of blessing and guidance. To me, personally, it speaks volumes – “this child is mine, I’m delighted with her, I will always bless her, you cannot harm her.”

How comforting it is to know this! You and I can hold on to this truth that we are hemmed in by God, completely surrounded by Him. Freedom comes from learning to trust Him and truly rest in Him through every season of life, especially the difficult times. We can know that God lays His hand is upon our heads, and says, “you are mine.”

Jill 💜

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I love getting together with friends and sharing with each other over a cup of coffee what God is doing in our lives, it boosts my faith and lifts my heart. That's the aim of this blog. There's a story behind it; It was inspired after a friend gave me a single mustard seed, saying ‘that’s all it takes Jill’. What my friend didn’t know was that the very same morning God had reminded me of a promise He'd made to me over 20 years before regarding writing. I took the mustard seed home, planted it and watched it grow from a tiny sapling to a large, flourishing shrub at our front door. Every time I look at it it reminds me that our God is always true to his promises. Jesus lives in and works through his people, every single day. It's good to share what he's doing! I love talking about Him and writing about Him.

3 thoughts on “Hemmed in by God

  1. Thanks for sharing….pls use my new email: leilani_hirang@dlsu.edu.ph

    On Thu, Jan 20, 2022 at 5:04 PM Mustard Seed Living wrote:

    > Jill McIlreavy posted: ” “You hem me in behind and before, and lay your > hand upon me”(Psalm 139:5) To our modern, Western ears, the term “hemmed > in” sounds like a negative concept. The word in English implies > surrounding, limiting or restricting someone what in what they can ” >

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  2. A lovely description of the freedom that comes from God hemming us in. Another aspect of a hem beautifully presented is decoration; it shows to the outsider that the wearer is well provided for by their Heavenly Father. Such a hem is attractive; the viewer may yearn for such themselves and seek the Maker. May we wear our hems with pride in Him! Thank you for this inspiring post Jill, may our Father continue to bless your writing .

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