Little Mary Beth was ill and unable to attend church. When her father went into her room to see how she was doing, she asked, “What did the preacher preach about this morning?”
“God,” was his response as he felt her forehead to see if she had a temperature.
“God?” she asked. “Was He our God?”
What a difference the simple word “our” makes! We worship Him because we belong to Him. And, even more than our Creator, He is our Redeemer who, through the work of His Son on the cross, reclaimed us as His children to become His very own!
Our worship leader wrote in Psalm 95:3 that “The Lord is a great God.” As he continued to write, he emphasized the fact that this God “is our God!” This God whom we worship is a personal God - our very own God. He wants us to understand the implications of this important fact: God has redeemed us - reclaimed us - through the work of His Son on the cross, and we now belong to Him.
As he continues to write about our God, he draws a picture that illustrates our relationship to Him. He reminds us that “we are the people of His pasture and the flocks under His care.” How very touching! Our God is the good shepherd who feeds His people in His pasture and protects them with His hand. But the picture does not end there. This picture only becomes complete when Jesus declared Himself as the “Good Shepherd who lays down His life for His sheep.”
Prayer: We thank You, Lord, for being our God. May we honor You each day of our lives as we make You the “centerpiece” in all we do and bless Your name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. Psalm 95:3, 7a