One of the things I like to do as I read the scriptures is write down just one thing, one quick takeaway from the section. For me, it’s a process that helps me move from simply reading the Word to allowing the Word to read me.
It’s a simple practice that anybody can do, it helps to reinforce what I’ve read, and it gives me an opportunity to engage with what the Holy Spirit might be trying to teach me.
This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Psalms 99-101.
“Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” ~Psalms 100:3
Greater than “Lord,” he is LORD, he is “God!” That’s who I acknowledge.
He’s the one true Triune God who made us. God is love, he is the total embodiment of love, all of creation was made from the outpouring of his love, and he declared his creation to be “very good.”
That’s who we are, his “very good” creation made as a result of his perfect outpouring of love!
That’s who he is, the one true Triune God who creates out of his unfailing love, unending faithfulness, and undeniable goodness!
Created by him, we are his, the pasture is his, it’s all his. We are his sheep whom he knows and loves, but he doesn’t just know us like someone who’s read a lot of books or taken a lot of classes. It’s greater than that, not only does he know every informational detail about us, he has a complete experiential knowledge of us as well!
The difference between informational and experiential knowledge is like the different perspectives my wife and I have on birthing a child. I can read the books, I can witness the entire process, I can even go to med school and get a degree that certifies me to deliver, but I will never truly have the experiential knowledge of birthing a child.
God’s experiential knowledge of us is on display throughout the scriptures. He created us, he walks with us, he leads, and he submits for us so that we can know life through him. All of this because he doesn’t just want to know us on an informational level, his strong desire is to know us on an experiential relational level!
That’s who we acknowledge as God, and that’s how God knows us! He’s the one true God who creates out of love, and we are his beloved good creation who experience life with him and through him.
This is what I heard in today’s reading, what did you hear?
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