We Are His
Read Psalm 100:3, 5 (ESV)
Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture…. For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
According to these verses, who is God and what is He like?
Let's do a little thought experiment. Imagine that you made a little group of clay figures and had the power to bring them to life. You wanted them to love and obey you but you didn’t want to make them robots so you gave them free will. You provided everything they needed to flourish in their new environment—which was a world of unparalleled beauty. Not only that, but you communicated with them and told them your expectations that were for their own good and protection. You expected them to respect you and obey you because, after all, they owe their very existence to you. You also expected them to love and care for each other.
At first, they obeyed you. They praised you for giving them life and everything they needed to thrive. They praised you for the beauty all around them as a gift from you. They got along with each other and helped each other. But gradually, you noticed their hearts begin to turn. They started doing whatever they wanted. They thought they knew better than you how the world that you created for them worked. They started worshiping the beautiful environment you had made for them like it had made itself! They started praising each other for the talents and abilities they had like they had done something to deserve it. It’s like they completely forgot that they are clay and couldn’t possibly have made themselves. It’s like they completely forgot about…you…
By now, I’m sure you see where I am going with this made up story. The point I wanted you to see is that God, as our Creator, has every right to tell us how to live and He is the only one worthy of our worship. But how easily we forget it and slip into idolizing others, created things, and even ourselves.
In today’s verses, the psalmist reminds us of something we shouldn’t be able to forget. The Lord is God and we are not. He made us so we belong to Him. That means that we aren’t our own gods. That means other people aren’t worthy of our worship. That means the entire world belongs to Him and He has authority over everything. That also means He has the right to be angry when His works are attributed to the things He created.
It seems so ridiculous that your little clay figures might forget that you made them, start rebelling against you, and start worshiping other things that you crafted, but that is the story of mankind and God.
In Romans 1:22 and 25, Paul said, “Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things…they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator…”.
But God isn’t only worthy of worship because He’s our Creator. He could have been a creator who was a tyrant and tortured us senselessly. But the psalmist points us to other reasons why He is worthy of our worship. Verse 5 of today’s psalm says that “the LORD is good.” Yes, we have to obey Him because He is God, but He is a good God! The psalmist also said that “his love endures forever”! Even when we sin and rebel against Him, He loves us. He loves every successive generation and faithfully cares for them.
In verse 3, the psalmist said that we are the sheep of His pasture. Shepherds protect and provide for their sheep. Sheep obey the shepherd because He leads them safely to rest. Friends, the Lord is our God. He made us, He loves us, He protects us, He provides for us, and He leads us safely to eternal rest. It shouldn’t be hard to worship and obey a God like ours. We belong to Him. We are His!
Lord, You alone are God. A good, loving, and faithful God! I confess that I have rebelled against You and worshiped things that are not worthy. Please forgive me. Remind that because You made me, I belong to You. Amen.