The Gentleness of God
“You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great” (Psalm 18.35 NKJV).
It seems odd that the terms “gentleness” and “greatness” should be used in the same sentence. God has just rescued David from the murderous hands of King Saul again, and David is singing a Psalm of praise and appreciation to God. Even though David has been promised the throne by God, David must wait many years, hiding and running from his predecessor, before the promise comes to fruition. God has allowed King Saul to torment David because God is using the fires of persecution to transform David into a king after God’s own heart. David reacts by submitting to the process of refining instead of resisting it. God loves and cares for each of His children. He allows a level of persecution to come into our lives in order to mold us into the image of His Son, Jesus. Even so, in the middle of the storm, God has His abundance of “gentleness” waiting for us if we simply submit to the process of our refining, choose to abide in the Spirit and wait on the Lord. The hardest part of the storm is our reaction to it. Once we surrender to God’s hand, we’ll find the “gentleness” of God that shall make us “great.”
“So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see” (Revelation 3.18 NLT).