Between His Shoulders
“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long,
and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders.
Such Scriptures surely speak tenderly to our hearts. There are so many, many people whose lives are one tough struggle from sun-up to sundown, week after weary weak just to keep soul and body together. Maybe it’s the fight for physical necessities…maybe it’s the war that rages within due to a troubled mind…maybe it’s the wounds they have received from another’s evil…maybe they’ve never been accepted and loved by those who were supposed to do this for them…maybe they suffer terribly from memories of irreversible errors they have made…maybe someone they care for deeply is hurting, and they can’t help them…maybe…well, you fill in the blank.
So many, many people…people Jesus saw as sheep having no loving shepherd who would watch over them, protect them, love them and feed them. Jesus’ heart for others wouldn’t permit Him to remain in Heaven. He came to His own though He knew His own wouldn’t receive Him. He came to seek and save the lost, though He knew the task was immense. He came to serve though He knew that many, far too many, wouldn’t allow Him to touch them. He came to suffer, because that’s how it is with holiness in our sin-cursed world. He came to die…offering those who had completely given up on themselves Someone who believed in them when they themselves no longer could.
And all those who turn aside to see this great wonder, a Man hanging on the cross for them, telling them…showing them in words written in blood…that He thought them well worth the trouble and that they mustn’t give up on themselves or settle for too little. In their hearts, chords that were broken begin to vibrate once more. They leave with a new song on their lips. Someone loves me after all. Someone thinks me worth all the trouble. Someone won’t give up on me. Someone wants me…welcomes me…accepts me. Someone Who is Worthy wants me!
He makes room for me. Wonder of wonders! I am not just here to visit. He intends for me to stay! What is that strange feeling in my chest? I had thought it long since extinct. Love?! And I know I am secure. He sings me to my first untroubled rest in years with this song…“Nothing can come between us now…not death or life, not angels or principalities, not things present nor things to come, nor powers, not height nor depth…not anything comes between us now…ever.”
Can’t you hear Him telling you softly, “Go to sleep then, beloved. You are Mine. Nothing can harm you now! I’ve got you. It’s alright. Sleep on. Take your rest. It’s not a dream. I’ll be here when you wake.” So off to sleep we go, resting secure between His strong shoulders. Sleep well tonight, sisters and brothers. And live secure in His loving care tomorrow!