Daily Devotional

September 18th 2018

TUESDAY

Know this: God is God, and God, God. He made us; we didn’t make Him. We’re His people, His well-tended sheep. —Psalm 100:3 (MSG.)

When we consider these words, we can know that, regardless of what’s happening today, everything will be all right.

Psalm 100 opens with an exhortation to praise: “On your feet now—applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into His presence.” But, some may ask, “How can applaud God when there is no joy in my heart? How can I come to Him with songs of joy when my heart is burdened?” But, the Psalmist provides us with an answer. He tells us to focus not on the problems, but on the Solution; focus not on the questions, but on the Answer: “Know this: God is God, and God, God. He made us; we didn’t make Him. We’re His people, His well-tended sheep.”

Everything will be all right because God is still on His throne. Despite what happens in the economy, despite how unfairly we are treated by others, regardless of the politics of the White House or the State House or the Congress, we can know that everything will be all right because God is still in control.

Often, when we’ve done our best, we seem far removed from where we want to be. Often, we miss the mark, while others seem to prevail with little effort. But, even though we may not understand, God is still in control. David reminds us of His constant companionship: “How can I get away from Your Spirit? Where can I go to escape from you? If I go up to the heavens, You are there. If I lie down in the deepest parts of the earth, You are also there. Suppose I were to rise with the sun in the east and then cross over to the west where it sinks into the ocean. Your hand would always be there to guide me. Your right hand would still be holding me close.” When we know that God is still on His throne, we can look past conditions and declare: “Everything will be all right.”

Everything will be all right because we are children of the King. “He made us, we didn’t make Him.” The world defines us in a myriad of ways—sociologically, psychologically, economically, biologically, culturally, racially, sexually, geographically, politically, etc. But when we turn to the Word of God, we discover not only who we are, but Whose we are. We are, “heirs of salvation, purchased by God; we’re born of His Spirit and washed in His blood.” And when we know Whose we are—that we’re precious in God’s sight—we can know that, “Everything will be all right.”

Everything will be all right if we let the Lord lead us. The psalmist says that, “We’re His people, His well-tended sheep.” And if we are the sheep of His pasture, then that means that, “The Lord is our Shepherd; and we shall not want. He causes us to lie down in green pastures. He leads us beside still waters. He restores our souls.”

Everything will be all right. It’s not a cliché; it’s not wishful thinking; but it’s the promise of the Father to those that will trust Him.

Prayer: Lord, as we go today, give us Your reassurance that everything will be all right. Despite the difficulties we may encounter today, help us to rest in the truth that we are Your possession, that You are our advocate, and that, if we follow You, You will lead us into safe pasture. In Jesus’ name, we pray. AMEN!

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