"The beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety by Him,
Who shelters him all the day long."
The beautiful words of the above verse , convey a message of God speaking of the intimacy He desires with His loved one.
Understanding the Hebrew word translated 'beloved' gives us an even greater depth of meaning.
The Hebrew word for 'beloved' is 'yedeed'.
Although the word is pronounced with two different sounds ,
the written word is actually the same letter 'yed' written twice.
In Hebrew, unlike our English language, each letter has a meaning, a picture and a number.
The meaning of the word 'yed' is 'hand'.
So putting two 'yed' s together is saying 'hand hand' or 'hand in hand'.
When God calls us His beloved, what He is is saying is,
"You, whose hand I have clasped in mine."
Think about what it feels like when a loved one reaches out to clasp your hand,
then think about what it means to have your Heavenly Bridegroom say,
"I am holding your hand in mine. I will never let go."