He Gently Stooped Low
You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great. Psalm 18:35 ESV
While the ESV gives us the picture of a Mighty God who is gently on our side, the old NIV renders that same phrase as, “He stopped low. Like Gandalf entering through a Hobbit doorway, in the Lord of the Rings, Jesus had to bend low enough to enter our world through the stable doorway in Bethlehem. He went to begging blind men, destitute widows and outcast lepers. Jesus had compassion on hungry listeners and washed the dirty feet of disciples. Jesus’ right hand was both gentle enough to bless a child and strong enough to lift a paralyzed man to His feet.
And when His time came He carried the weight of His cross to the top of Golgotha where those gentle hands were nailed to the wood. Then as He stooped His lowest in death, Jesus reached lower still as we were falling deep into our sins, and caught us, raised us up and gave us the greatness of His salvation. Oh how mighty and gentle is our Jesus! He gently stooped low enough to save us and then shared His greatness with His children!
4 thoughts on “He Gently Stooped Low”
Such a precious way to describe the love Jesus has for us.
Who is like the Lord our God,
the One who sits enthroned on high,
who stoops down to look
on the heavens and the earth? (Psalm 113:5-6, NIV)
“he gently stooped low” …
Gently is such a nurturing word, one that speaks to the love and care God gives.
Stooped speaks of his intentionality in his action.
Low … ah, this is where I am humbled, for he left his rightful place, for us.
Thank you Pete!
Yes it is humbling to think of God as stooping down on His knees to help us. Thanks for your breaking that thought into bite sized pieces. Maybe He is giving you a message to share with someone soon.