“Powerful is your arm! Strong is your hand! Your right hand is lifted high in glorious strength” (Psalm 89:13, NLT).

Portrait of strongman Eugen Sandow (1867-1925)

Well-muscled athletes have always been admired and held up as an ideal of physical beauty. Bodybuilding, which began in the late 19th century, is a billion dollar industry. Women as well as men spend lots of time and money in search of the perfect body, including the highly prized biceps, or guns as some people call them. Big guns equal power and strength and are quite impressive.

God has the original big guns, strong, powerful arms that created the universe and yet are gentle enough to cradle a bird with a broken wing. God’s strong right arm is a metaphor for his might in fighting battles for the Israelites and his protection of orphans and widows. He opens his hand to give blessings and he gathers his children as a hen does her chicks. Being seated at his right hand is a position of honor, which is where Jesus took his place after conquering sin and death. God’s guns truly are impressive—big, powerful and able to do it all, taking first place in any bodybuilding contest.

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