The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
(KJV) – The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. (AMPC) – The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing. (LSB) – Yahweh your God is in your midst, A mighty one who will save. (TLB) – For the Lord your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will give you victory...(MEV) – The Lord your God is in your midst, a Mighty One, who will save… (NASB) – The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior... (WYC) – Thy Lord God is strong in the middle of thee, he shall save [thee];(NLV) – The Lord your God is with you, a Powerful One Who wins the battle...(NLT) – For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior….
THE LORD IS IN OUR MIDST
Exodus 14:21 – But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
Exodus 15:19 – For the horse of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with his horsemen into the sea, and the Lord brought again the waters of the sea upon them; but the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea.
Deuteronomy 11:3 – …his miracles, and his acts, which he did in the midst of Egypt unto Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and unto all his land…
Exodus 25:8 – And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.
Deuteronomy 10:4 – …he wrote on the tables, according to the first writing, the ten commandments, which the Lord spake unto you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly: …
Joshua 3:17 – And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.
Psalm 46:5 – God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
Psalm 74:12 – For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.
Psalm 110:2 – The Lord shall send the rod of your strength out of Zion: rule you in the midst of your enemies.
Psalm 138:7 – Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me: You shall stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand shall save me.
Isaiah 12:6 – Cry out and shout, you inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of you.
Daniel 3:23-25 – And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
Hosea 11:9 – …for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of you…
Joel 2:27 – …you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.
Zephaniah 3:15 – …the king of Israel, even the Lord, is in the midst of you:
Zechariah 2:5,10 – For I, says the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her... Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of you, says the Lord.
Zechariah 8:3,8 – Thus says the Lord; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain… And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.
Hebrews 2:12 – Saying, I will declare your name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto you.
Matthew 18:20 – For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them!
THE LORD IS MIGHTY
Psalm 50:1 – The Mighty One, God the Lord, Has spoken and called the earth From the rising of the sun to its going down.
Psalm 24:8 – Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle.
Psalm 89:8 – O Lord God of hosts, Who is mighty like You, O Lord? Your faithfulness also surrounds You.
Psalm 145:12 – To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, And the glorious majesty of His kingdom.
Psalm 147:5 – To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, And the glorious majesty of His kingdom.
Psalm 150:2 – Praise Him for His mighty acts;
Isaiah 9:6 – For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
THE LORD IS A VICTORIOUS WARRIOR
I Corinthians 15:57 – But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
John 16:33 – …be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Psalm 98:1– He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.
I John 5:4 – For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
I John 4:4 – You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Revelation 12:11 – And they overcame him (satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony,
GOD WITH US
Matthew 1:23 – Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
I Kings 8:57 – May the Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers. May He not leave us nor forsake us…
Psalm 46:7,11 – The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
Isaiah 8:10 – For God is with us.”
2 Corinthians 1:21 – Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God…
Psalm 14:5 – For God is with the generation of the righteous.
Acts 10:38 – how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Matthew 19:26 – …with God all things are possible.”
JESUS – PRESENT TO HEAL
The man with the withered hand
Mark 3:1-6 – And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2 So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. 3 And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward.” 4 Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent. 5 And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other. 6 Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.
Special note: In a church service gathering we attended this week, I was reminded of several important insights from this story of “the man with the withered hand” – (Mark 3:1-6). Jesus was with them there in their synagogue (gathering place of worship). When Jesus met with them, there was a miraculous healing! The man with the withered hand could easily represent all of us. We all need Jesus’s special healing touch to make us whole. In His presence is where miracles happen! The Pharisees and religious leaders were also there – finding fault; refusing reason; missing out on the miraculous; giving their hard-hearted judgments siding with the Herodians (political regime of the day opposing the Lord). Jesus showed up in their gathering, and what a huge difference it made to the needy man who had the withered hand! At Jesus invitation, let’s all receive whatever He has for us, and ‘step forward’ into His calling and purposes for our life! Let’s do what He tells us to do, and be healed and blessed! (1)
THE LORD REJOICES OVER YOU
Matthew 18:33 – … he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray.
Isaiah 62:5 – And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, So shall your God rejoice over you.
Revelation 19:6-7 – And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! 7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”
Hebrews 2:12 – I will declare your name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto you.
Hebrews 1:9 – You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your companions.
2 Samuel 22:20; Psalm 18:19 – He delivered me because He delighted in me.
Psalm 16:3 – As for the saints who are on the earth, “They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.”
Psalm 37:23 – The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.
Isaiah 35:10; 51:11 – And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, And sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Isaiah 51:3 – For the Lord will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the Lord; Joy and gladness will be found in it, Thanksgiving and the voice of melody.
Proverbs 12:22 – …those who deal truthfully are His delight.
Proverbs 15:8 – …the prayer of the upright is His delight.
Jeremiah 9:24 – But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord.
Psalm 35:27 – “Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
Micah 7:18 – He delights in mercy.
Psalm 16:11 – You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 89:15 – Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance.
Nehemiah 8:10 – …the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
- Special acknowledgement and thanks to Josh Pennington, lead pastor – Christpoint Church, Galena, Kansas; Insights gleaned from his message: “Man With the Withered Hand”; Oct 8, 3032