Lenten Reader | Day 22

He is Our God

Come, let us bow down in worship,
    let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
for he is our God
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    the flock under his care.
Today, if only you would hear his voice,

“Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah,[a]
    as you did that day at Massah[b] in the wilderness,
where your ancestors tested me;
    they tried me, though they had seen what I did.
For forty years I was angry with that generation;
    I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray,
    and they have not known my ways.’
So I declared on oath in my anger,
    ‘They shall never enter my rest.’”

Psalm 95:6-11
What a sobering thought. To think that some "shall never enter my rest." Although the Lord has done great things before our very eyes, our hearts are still capable of hardening. What causes a heart to harden? Maybe when things don’t look the way we think they should or something doesn’t yield the outcome that we were expecting. How could this be? Why did God allow this to happen? This is the attitude that will harden a heart. A hard heart comes with a lack of trust.

Listen for the voice of God. Don't live only by feelings and emotions. Rather be in prayer, be in Scripture, and listen for His voice. See all of the things the Lord has done for your redemption and your salvation starting from the very creation of the universe all the way to the resurrection of his Son Jesus Christ. Respond by bowing down in worship to our sovereign God who has you under His care. Trusting in the Lord and his Gospel of salvation will lead you to His rest that only He can provide. Even when the circumstances don't look promising from an earthly perspective, trusting in the Lord leads to an eternity of His rest. He is our God. And we are the flock under His care.

Kyle White