by Jeff Strite

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He's Got the Whole World In His Hands (1 of 4)
Series: A Child Like Faith
Jeff Strite
Isaiah 40:1-31

OPEN: (lead the congregation in singing)
He's got the whole world in His hands [Repeat 4x]
He's got the Sun and the Moon in His hands [Repeat 3x]
He's got the little bitty baby in His Hands. [Repeat 3x]
He's got you and me Brother in His hands. [Repeat 3x]

APPLY: That's a great little children's song. It was originally written by a full-blooded Cherokee Indian named Obie Philpot while he was in training as part of the military in WWII. When he was deployed, he'd left the lyrics to the song in his locker. Someone found the song and managed to have it put on the radio while he was at war.

Since that day, it has been sung by a number of individuals as diverse as Mahalia Jackson and Perry Como. And it's been sung for decades by numberless children in Sunday Schools and church camps

It's a great little song.
And it's a great song, because it is a comforting song.
• He's got the whole world in His hands
• He's got you and me brother in His hands
• He's got itty bitty babies in His hands.
• He's got EVERYTHING in His hands.

He's a majestic and caring God who can protect us from all kinds of difficulties and hardships. And the song echoes a powerful promise from Romans 8:31 "If God is for us, who can be against us?"

Here in Isaiah 40 God's power is painted with broad strokes.
In verse 12 - "Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?"
The answer - nobody.
Nobody is as all powerful as God is.

In verse 14 "Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge or showed him the path of understanding?"
The answer - nobody.
God is all knowing and there is no one who is wise enough to teach Him so ...

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