Gentleness: Series Inspiration
The inspiration for this series is part of a song by King David around 1020 BC. He had an epic life, full of battles and victories, and his intimacy with God produced the most beautiful poetry.
It's interesting to read the mentality he had, so "in it" with war and what we'd see today as a barbaric way of life, and yet also so tender in his heart. (!)
In one poem (Psalm 18), he writes...
"For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?... He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze..."
And then he passionately shifts a moment later to writing straight to God:
"Your right hand supported me. Your gentleness has made me great."
So intimate! I love the intensity and the deep trust and history of their relationship. I love the imagery of a deer (my favorite animal!) and training for war. The ending, "your gentleness," really touches me because to be close to us, God has to be gentle!
He is so big, so glorious, that to relate to us 1:1 requires such ginger care and love from him. I think it's a mystery I may never quite understand: why God wants a deep-in-the-heart relationship with every single human, just like he had/has with King David.
I can barely even conceive of that! It makes me see people differently, with more reverence... to think how God himself desires each and every human personally.
So, the Gentleness series is inspired by how God is always ready to be close to us.