Really, it made no sense. Here Israel a once great nation was now divided. 10 tribes north and Judah and Levi remained based in Jerusalem. Still, God was the protector of the tribe of Judah. As such, as enemies would attack, Judah would prevail. Sure they had a fine army and were well trained and armed. But, at the end of the day–they were protected by God. He got the glory for their safety and God remained ever vigilant in his efforts.
That same vigilance and effort also protects us today. The same God that stood in the Gap for Judah, serves as our shield as well. He protects us, provides for us and prepares us for the journey ahead. In his efforts, He teaches us to trust him and to follow him through what often seems like dark and narrow passages. We find out later, that He was the light and direction. And, while it is rarely how we plan it, God is faithful in what He plans and executes.
We do not have to be like any stereotype. We simply need to follow him closely and patiently and allow him to be our protector, provider and friend.
God Bless You
God is honored in Judah;
his name is great in Israel.
2 Jerusalem is where he lives;
Mount Zion is his home.
3 There he has broken the fiery arrows of the enemy,
the shields and swords and weapons of war. Interlude
4 You are glorious and more majestic
than the everlasting mountains.
5 Our boldest enemies have been plundered.
They lie before us in the sleep of death.
No warrior could lift a hand against us.
6 At the blast of your breath, O God of Jacob,
their horses and chariots lay still.
7 No wonder you are greatly feared!
Who can stand before you when your anger explodes?
8 From heaven you sentenced your enemies;
the earth trembled and stood silent before you.
9 You stand up to judge those who do evil, O God,
and to rescue the oppressed of the earth. Interlude
10 Human defiance only enhances your glory,
for you use it as a weapon.
11 Make vows to the Lord your God, and keep them.
Let everyone bring tribute to the Awesome One.
12 For he breaks the pride of princes,
and the kings of the earth fear him.