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You know the LORD is God! He created us, and we belong to him; we are his people, the sheep in his pasture (Psalm 100:3, CEV).

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The Ottawa River Valley as seen from the Gatineau Park Escarpment — photo by David Kitz

Reflection

This week’s I Love the Psalms theme is creation.

So many of the divisive issues that convulse our society have a deeper root. Whether it is issues around gender and sexuality, or race and ethnicity, scratch below the surface and you soon discover the foundational issue. The foundational issue is do you believe in God. More specifically, do you believe God created you? Do you believe He has an ownership claim on your life?

The psalmist states this root issue quite succinctly:

You know the LORD is God! He created us, and we belong to him; we are his people, the sheep in his pasture (Psalm 100:3, CEV).

If you accept the premise that God created humanity and therefore has ownership of our lives and “Creator’s rights,” then we know our bodies belong to Him. We are ultimately accountable to Him for how we use the gift of our sexuality. We are his people, the sheep in his pasture. 

Furthermore, there are no racially superior people. The LORD God made them all and offered up His Son to redeem them all.

The root issue is ownership. Do you belong to God or are you god?

Response: LORD God, I acknowledge that you created me. I belong to you. I was bought by the precious blood of Jesus. Help me to daily reflect the great love you have for me. Amen.

Your Turn: Whom do you belong to? Do you believe in Creator’s rights?