There are times when we are keenly aware of our need of the almighty strength of God’s arms. We need His power to sustain us. Perhaps we are facing a situation that overwhelms us. Perhaps we are facing down an adversary that we know we cannot beat. In these times, we scan the horizon for our Rescuer to step in and bring His full strength to bear. This is what is in mind in verse 10.
But there are also times when we need God’s strong arms not for their strength but for their comfort. We need His love to lift us up. Perhaps we feel alone. Perhaps we have failed yet again. In these times, we fall to our knees and long to feel the embrace of our loving Father. This is what is in mind in verse 11.
In this coupling, we are reminded of the great character of our God. Our powerful Creator is also our gentle Father. He is always there for us, always knowing what we need, and always ready to provide whatever that is in that moment.
How have you experienced God’s power and love when you needed each?