The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.
Saturday morning is family time for us. Unless my husband has duty, we get to do a little sleeping in. We get to have coffee together - all of us - my husband, my daughter, and me. We catch up on the week; we discuss weekend plans. We decide on our upcoming meals and menus and put together a shopping list. Mundane, ordinary, comforting.
We are a military family. My husband is a soldier. That means a lot of different things in our home. It means wake-up at 3:30 AM. It means physical conditioning. It means long days and phone calls in the middle of the night; it means brief kisses and hurried meals. It means a closet full of gear and a closet full of uniforms - all hanging and organized in neat rows of digital camouflage and army green. It means deployment - skype, email, text messages. Expectations. Being Army Strong.
Saturday is grocery-shopping day. That means a trip to the commissary on post. That means ID cards, and going through the gate. That means guards - serious soldiers in uniform checking those IDs. It also means my daughter, in the passenger seat with a grocery list on a clipboard. Smiling. And waving. Reminding me to get my ID ready. Waving at the guards - who peer through the open window and break unexpectedly out of seriousness and into delight.
She does it everywhere we go - on post and off post. She charms people. Tough, worldly, burly people. Rank doesn't matter. Size doesn't matter. Race doesn't matter. She smiles and they melt. It's a visible reaction.
So, imagine God, the Mighty Warrior, taking delight in us. What a concept. The strong melting for the weak. Our soldiers are trained in war. They are expected to exemplify army values - loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage. If our soldiers, how much more a Warrior God? Do you picture strength? Do you see a defender? Do you see the upright posture, the confidence, the leadership? Now snapshot a child into that picture. The Warrior God bends, reaching out a hand, leaning in to listen, smiling, nodding. The Warrior God delighting in his children - in his family.
Like the guards at the gate - leaning into the window to share my daughter's joy. The strong rejoicing with the weak. It's an amazing thought - our Warrior God takes great delight in us; He rejoices over us with singing. He sings for us!
Heavenly Father, thank you for your strength, your watchfulness, your devotion - thank you for your delight - even in our weakness. Thank you for showing us the tender side of your warrior nature. Thank you for your love.