Hem Me In!

Psalm 139:1,5-6,9-10O LORD, You have searched me and You know me. … You hem me in—behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. … If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast.

You go before, You go behind
You prepare the Way, the path of life
Hem me in LORD, hem me in
Oh the joy in Your hand
Hold me fast LORD, hem me in
By Your hand
Hem me in
By Your hand lead me on
Hold me fast!

Psalm 16:11 You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.


1 Thessalonians 1:4
MSG … It is clear to us, friends, that God not only loves you very much but also has put his hand on you for something special.

Word Study

From NetBible Psalm 139:5

  • hem me in[06696] = to shut in, beseige, enclose
    *the root means to secure a valuable object
    *Here it describes God’s every effort to confront the psalmist on every side leaving no place of escape from His presence

From NetBible Psalm 139:10

  • hold me fast[0270] = take possession, enclose

From NetBible Psalm 32:10
the LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him.

  • unfailing love[02617] = goodness, kindness, faithfulness, mercy, lovingkindness
  • surrounds[05437] = encompass, encircle, envelop, besiege
  • trusts[0982] = to have confidence, hope, security, refuge

From NetBible Psalm 125:1-2
Those who trust in the LORD are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds His people From this time forth and forever.

  • trusts[0982] = to have confidence, hope, security, refuge
  • surrounds[05439] = round about, from every side
    *From[05437]

From NetBible Psalm 16:11

  • In Your presence is fullness of joy =
    … “abundance of joy [is] with your face.”
    • fullness[07648] = abundance, satisfaction (of food or (figuratively)joy)
    • joy[08057] = exceeding gladness, mirth, glee, rejoicing
  • In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. =
    … “delight [is] in your right hand forever.”
    • pleasures[05273] = delight, singing, sweetly sounding, musical

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