Love divine, all loves excelling

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 (Psalm 95:6-7).

The Lord is our Maker. These words take us back to the beginning. We cannot take ourselves back to the beginning. We can only be taken there by the Lord. We read God’s Word, and we are taken back to the beginning. We are taken back to a place that is full of majesty and mystery. We cannot understand all that we’re reading, but we can believe what we’re reading. Believe: this is what God is calling us to do. What is God’s Word saying to us about the Lord our Maker? Does God’s Word speak to us about a god who is very far away from us? or Does God’s Word speak to us about a God who loves us? The words, “the Lord our Maker” may take us back to the beginning, but they do not leave us there. They do leave us to figure it all out by ourselves. We are not left with a God who created us, and then forgot about us. Here, the Psalmist tells us something else about the Lord our Maker: “he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.” Here, we read about God’s continuing love. When we bow down in worship, when we kneel before the Lord our Maker, we do not come to a faraway god who doesn’t care about us. We come to the God who loves us, the God who draws near to us, the God who draws us to himself, the God who holds on to us, even when it feels like our hold on him is very weak. The God who was there at the beginning, is still with us. He’s with us today. He’ll be with us tomorrow. He will be with us forevermore. “His love endures for ever.”

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