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God is also like an obsessed lover. Let me tell you what I mean by that. I have known people so captivated by romance that they have had the name of their beloved tattooed on their body. I knew one man who did that, and the woman he loved eventually broke it off with him. Her name was Marie, and -- tattoo or no -- she decided her future wasn’t with him. And there he was, with the name Marie indelibly emblazoned in a conspicuous place! When he later married, he had to get his wife’s name tattooed on his body as well. In some ways, it’s too bad that he couldn’t have married a woman whose name was also Marie!

All this talk of tattoos may seem strangely out of place, but actually, it isn’t. In verse 16 of our text from Isaiah, the Lord says, “See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands.” In other words, God has tattooed your name on his hands. He could never forget you!