God Celebrates Us
Read Psalm 103: 1-12
Bless the Lord, O my soul. and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits - who forgives all your inequity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. Psalm 103: 1-5 (NRSV)
Like a parent feels compassion for their children - that's how the Lord feels compassion for those who honor him. Psalm 103:13 (CEB)
Jonson Siahaan is from Indonesia. He once had the opportunity to watch his teenage son playing bass in a band. During the performance, his attention never left the bass player! He was completely in awe of him. After they finished one song, Jonson and his wife applauded enthusiastically with a handful of other people, Of the many people in attendance, only a handful applauded. Perhaps those applauding were the parents of the other teenagers on stage. The boys' playing was not that good, but that didn't diminish Jonson's interest in his son's playing. Whether he plays the instrument properly or not, Jonson is still eager to hear and watch him play because he loves him.
That's how God feels about us. Whether or not we become famous, successful, or achieve great things, God is still interested in our lives because God loves us. God loves us not because we are good at things or even because we are good. God loves us simply because we are children of God.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for celebrating us as your children, not because we are worthy but because you love us, in Jesus' name. Amen.