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A Nursery Rhyme

Isaiah 52:10
The LORD has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

Before bedtime every night, I sing ‘Jesus Loves Me’ with my two-year-old daughter, and whenever we reach the line “we are weak but He is strong,” we flex our arms and sing ‘strong’ with a giggle. So when I read Isaiah’s picture here of God baring His arms before His people, I can’t help but imagine it in this paternal sense, as if our Father in Heaven is doing the same thing with us. But there’s more here, friend, because the glory of this symbolism lies in what it represents. See, God isn’t vainglorious. He doesn’t effectively flex His biceps to show off His power like some hunk at the gym; He flexes His biceps to save the world. He doesn’t stretch His arms across the sky like some mythical titan either; He stretches His arms upon a Roman cross as a Savior to draw us back to Him.  

‘We are weak but He is strong’ is a powerful line to sing today, friend. So sing it like a child; flex your arms and giggle; but don’t forget what His strength is really about.