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Open my hands


Sometimes in life you reach a point at which you realise it is time to open your hands and let go. You’ve tried long and hard, yet no matter how hard you try, or what you do or say, it’s not enough, it’s not working, and you’re exhausted in the effort. And maybe, just maybe, that’s because it’s not what God has for you.

I have posted this quote before several years ago, by Paul Tripp (from Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands), but it can come around again.

The objects of most of our desires are not evil. The problem is the way they tend to grow and the control they come to exercise over our hearts. Desires are part of human existence, but they must be held with an open hand … The problem with desire is that in sinners it very quickly morphs into demands (‘I must’). Demand is the closing of my fists over a desire. Even though I may be unaware that I have done it, I have left my proper position of submission to God. I have decided that I must have what I have set my heart on and nothing can stand in my way. I am no longer comforted by God’s desire for me; I am threatened by it, because God’s will potentially stands in the way of my demand …

I was actually reminded of that quote in listening to the song Open my Hands, from Sara Groves. I know it is yet another music video, but I have been waiting and waiting for this song to go up on youtube, and last night I went looking and was very pleased to discover an official live video for it. The lyrics are easily discernable, but I shall paste them in below (you can watch the story behind the song here – that is an interesting list of God’s good things from Charles Spurgeon, don’t you think? – I am still thinking on those).

Open My Hands
by Sara Groves

I believe in a blessing I don’t understand
I’ve seen rain fall on the wicked and the just
Rain is no measure of his faithfulness
He withholds no good thing from us
No good thing from us
No good thing from us

I believe in a peace that flows deeper than pain
That broken find healing in love
Pain is no measure of his faithfulness
He withholds no good thing from us
No good thing from us
No good thing from us

I will open my hands, will open my heart
I will open my hands, will open my heart
I am nodding my head an emphatic yes
To all that You have for me

I believe in a fountain that will never dry
Though I’ve thirsted and didn’t have enough
Thirst is no measure of his faithfulness
He withholds no good thing from us
No good thing from us
No good thing from us

I will open my hands, will open my heart
I will open my hands, will open my heart
I am nodding my head an emphatic yes
To all that You have for me

No good thing from us
No good thing from us
He withholds no good thing from us

I will open my hands, will open my heart
I will open my hands, will open my heart
I am nodding my head an emphatic yes
To all that You have for me

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