“Know the Lord is God.” Ps 100:3a
So far in this psalm, we have been called to SHOUT for joy; WORSHIP/SERVE with gladness; COME before Him with singing and today’s verb, KNOW, is also an imperative. We are commanded to KNOW that the Lord is God! To know means to own, to acknowledge, to receive as certainty.
The truth is, when we really know who God is - when we own and acknowledge Him in all our ways - the shouting, singing, worship and service we have been thinking about in the last few days will overflow.
Psalm 46 tells us that amidst all the calamity in the world, God speaks and He says, “Be still and know that I am God” (v10). Mountains are shaking, the earth gives way, nations are in uproar and God says STOP! Step out of the traffic and simply KNOW who I am. When we realise that God is sovereign; that He is in charge; that He is actually GOD over all, what a comfort that brings! What a powerful truth that puts everything else into perspective. I’m not telling God how big my problems are; I’m telling my problems how big my God is!!
Listen to the words of Jesus, “This is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” John 17:3.
Jesus came so that we could KNOW God. His death brought reconciliation, redemption and restored relationship with God the Father. John 1:12 tells us, “That to all who received Him [Jesus], to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”. We are no longer strangers but sons and daughters. Through believing in Jesus, we can KNOW God, not just as some concept or far-off deity but closely and intimately as a child with a loving Father.
The apostle Paul had grown up learning about God. He studied the scriptures and had a “head-knowledge” of God which few could match but when he met Jesus, suddenly that head-knowledge became heart-knowledge and this was everything! In comparison, everything else he had ever known or achieved was worthless. He writes in Philippians 3:8, “I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ”.
Step out of the traffic today and KNOW that the Lord is God. Think about His character, His sovereignty, His incomparable love and praise God that we can know Him fully because of Jesus who came to make Him known (John 14:7).
• Take a few moments to “be still”. Why not play some worship music and just relax in His presence?
• Write down or talk with your family about what you know about God, and not just head knowledge. e.g. don’t just say, “God is loving” but give an example of how God has been loving to you. Don’t just say, “God is powerful” but give an example of His power at work in your life.