The Devine Stoop

A woman, visiting a large city, saw a ragged, cold and hungry young girl, gazing at some cake in a shop window. cakes-on-display-289796-m

She took the child by the hand, led her into the store, and bought her some of the cake. Later, she took her into a clothing store and bought her some clothes.

The grateful young child looked at the lady, and with sincere thanks, asked, “Are you God’s wife?” 1

God’s compassion has been referred to as the “divine stoop.”

He bent low from Heaven on high, to comfort us and meet our needs. In Exodus 3:7, God said to Moses,

“I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt…I know their sufferings.”

The word know means more than having an intellectual grasp of the situation.

In Hebrew, it means a deep personal involvement. 2

A deep personal involvement.Psalm 136:23a reminds us that God “remembered us in our lowly state.”

 

 

The word 'remembered' is a pregnant word, with a six-fold sense.

First, to remember signifies to think upon, in opposition to forgetfulness. We are always in His thoughts.

Second, to remember is to take notice of something. He observes and takes notice of us.

Third, to remember means to take to heart with great compassion.

Fourth, to remember signifies to be well-pleased with a person, as He sees our devotion to Him.

Fifth, to remember is to hear and grant a request. In 1 Samuel 1:19, God remembered Hannah, and gave her what she asked.

Sixth, to remember is to help, rescue, redeem and deliver from a bad situation. Paul made the same point when he wrote that we “should remember the poor” (Galatians 2:10).

Why does He do all of this?

The answer, “For His mercy endures forever” (Psalm 136:23b). 3

 “God is at His best when our life is at its worst” (Max Lucado). 4

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References:

  1. Morris Mandel, A Complete Treasury Of Stories For Public Speakers, Jonathan David Publishers, Middle Village, N.Y., 11379, Copyright 1974, p. 25.
  2. John White, When The Spirit Comes With Power, InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL., 60515, Copyright 1988, p. 212 – 213.
  3. C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury Of David, Volume Three, Psalm CXI to CL, (Part 2), Psalm CXX to CL, Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, MA., pp. 222 – 223.
  4. Max Lucado, Six Hours One Friday, Multnomah Books, Part of the Questar Publishing family, Copyright 1989, p. 162.