Strong and Gentle
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Psalm 28:7-9 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one. Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever.
It was a terrible thunderstorm. The tornado it spawned was not huge, but was headed directly for the small farm where a young family lived. The father quickly gathered his wife and small child into the interior bathroom of the house just as the tornado ripped through the barn, missing a direct hit on the house. But the force of the winds tore to roof off the house and two of the exterior walls collapsed. As they fell, the bathroom wall started to lean inward, threatening to crash down on the family. In one motion, the father extended his left arm upward and with all of his strength held up the wall, while reaching down with his right arm and lifting his child into a comforting hug. For several minutes, while the mother cleared a path through the rubble for their escape, dad stood in his dual role as the strength and shield of his family, and the gentle shepherd that carries his child.
What an incredible picture of our LORD. The LORD is strong and mighty. He is our shield and protector. He is the fortress of our salvation. And yet He is our gentle shepherd who carries us and comforts us in times of distress.
It is enough to make our hearts leap for joy and give thanks to Him in song.