The Gentleness of God

     I love our church! What an amazing group of people. God has truly blessed us.  

On a recent Wednesday evening, while studying Psalm 18, I was drawn to verses 35-36 which read,

You have also given me the shield of Your salvation;
Your right hand has held me up,
Your gentleness has made me great.
You enlarged my path under me,
So my feet did not slip. (NKJV)

      What is obvious throughout the entire chapter is that David gave all the glory to God for the direction, protection and miraculous victories he experienced. But the phrase in this passage where he states, “Your gentleness has made me great” is extremely thought-provoking and not necessarily something that you would expect to hear from a warrior like David.   

     The word “gentleness” is from the Hebrew word “anvah” which speaks of mildness, gentleness and condescension. The picture here is that God stooped down and treated the warrior David gently and mildly. We see that played out in several situations in his life. Look at just a few of those ways:

(gathered from a commentary by D Guzik)

– God gentleness was great to David when he was a despised member of his family, neglected, ignored, tending the sheep in solitude.

– God’s gentleness was great to David when Saul began to envy and hate him; consoling the soul of David who was rejected by the king.

– God’s gentleness was great to David by giving him a friend like Jonathan.

– God’s gentleness was great to David by granting him the self-control to spare Saul’s life twice.

     Isn’t it amazing that even though David went through a lot of hardship, he recognized that God had treated him gently. He understood that without the hardship, he would not know God like he knew Him. He also recognized that if God had not taken him through these things and delivered him, he would not be the man that God desired him to be.

     Can we see the hand of God moving in our lives? Can we look and see how God has delivered us and helped us time after time? Or, do we allow the memories of the hardship to overwhelm and eclipse the memories of how God brought us through. Truthfully, we would not be the people we are today without the sovereign move of God in our lives. Let’s praise Him for how and what He’s brought us through.
Love you guys,
Pastor Jim