The Lord our God. Now there is an expression that bears reviewing. Does it mean that God belongs to us? Many people and religions act as though this is true, wrongheaded as it is. If God belonged to us it would mean that we created Him. We fashioned Him from our own minds, our own intellect and gave Him His powers. If this were true then our wishes would all be fulfilled. Nice idea but unmanageable.

The Lord our God. This is a phrase that should be an expression of God’s ownership of us and our acceptance of that ownership, our willingness to submit to His authority. Perhaps the most striking aspect of God, besides His awesome power and absolute sovereignty, is His act of giving mankind free will, the ability accept Him or reject Him. Then, even after we rejected Him, He still extends His hand of friendship to us.

The Lord our God. He came to us in the form of Jesus His Son, lived a perfect life among us, accepted our hatred and still took our sins upon Himself, died to free us from our sins and rose on the third day to sit at the right hand of the Father and advocate for us so that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.