For this God is our God forever and ever; He will be our guide [even] until death. Psalm 48:14
Often, when my mind is meandering from one topic to another, it lights on this verse, I repeat it over and over and sense a thrill from it. The words, our God have enormous meaning. Can the great and only God of heaven and earth really be our God, my God?
Here is another verse that affirms that once we choose God He belongs to us.
“God, even our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless us.” Psalm 67:6,7
When contemplating this verse, C. H. Spurgeon, wrote,
“He is ours to trust, ours to love, ours to run to in every dark and troublesome night, ours to commune with on every bright and sunny day, ours to be our guide in life. He is our help in death and our glory in immortality.” (Finding Peace in Life’s Storms)
The words, our own God, are strong and intimate. God Himself said, “I will be their God and they will be my people” (Ezekiel 37:27).
Jesus taught us that when we pray we should address God as “our Father.” Several times in the Bible, family terms are used to describe our relationship with God. In the church I grew up in, the adults in the congregation were affectionately known as Brother and Sister. “Thank you Sister Smith for leading the choir. Brother Freeman will you please lead us in prayer?” These traditions are rooted in the truth that He is our own God, our own dear Father, and we His tenderly loved children.
All the yearnings of a life-time can find fulfilment in the understanding that He is our God. We must face it – no one else can fix what ails us; no one else can bring us to the place of peace; no one else can bless us except our God.
Our Father’s love for us is unmerited. If we had to earn it not one of us could do it. There isn’t an ounce of deserving power in all of humanity.
Prayer: I recognize the God of heaven and earth as my very own God, my God, to travel with me through all of life. I trust Him to lead me eventually to the home He has prepared for me where I will live with Him forever.
Also at that time, people will say,
“Look at what’s happened! This is our God!
We waited for him and he showed up and saved us!
This God, the one we waited for! (Isaiah 25:9)