Updated: Jun 29, 2022
Deuteronomy 33 has one of the most beautiful imagery of God’s care, protection, and love for His children. It is in these verses:
Surely it is you who love the people; all the holy ones are in your hand (verse 3).
Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him, for the Lord shields him all day long, and
the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders (verse 12).
If you are a parent, you know that you loved your child from the time you became aware of the child’s presence in your life. Your baby cries for food, gives you sleepless nights, and demands your time – you give it unconditionally. You give everything your child needs because you love him or her. Your baby does not even know how to love you, yet you unconditionally and sacrificially love your child.
In verse 3, Moses reminds the Israelites that this is how God loves us. It is God, someone far greater than us, whose greatness we cannot even begin to comprehend, surely, most certainly, loves us. His love for us has got nothing to do with our actions. God loves us. Period.
The question is, how does God love us? To answer, let us look at another parent analogy.
When I was a child, I would always want to go with my dad and mom on their early morning walks. But quickly, I would say that I am tired, and my dad would carry me. He was fit and strong. He would sometimes put me on his shoulders, and I would hold on to his hairless head, feeling on top of the world. Other times, when I felt sleepy, he would carry me in his arms, gently holding me, and my head would rest on his shoulders. I felt safe, protected, and loved. Quickly and easily, I would drift into a peaceful sleep with no care in the world. This is the image of God’s love for us that we read in Deuteronomy 33. There is nothing more beautiful than to lay your head on your father’s shoulders and rest peacefully in his arms. This is the tender love that God has for His children. We can rest without any care in the world on God’s shoulders as God holds us in His arms.