Happy is the Nation

Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people whom He has chosen as His heritage.
Psalm 33:12

O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.  (Psalm 95:6-7a)

A pasture belonging to God is a place of serenity, protection, provision, and room to grow. What more pleasant place to be than in a pasture that belongs to God!  A people belonging to God are loved, blessed, forgiven, and purposed toward God’s own grace and plan. What could be more pleasant than belonging to God!

The God of the universe, the God of creation, chose us as His heritage. He puts His hope for the future in ordinary people who choose to become citizens of His nation, residents of His kingdom, the “people of his pasture”. His choice is based completely on His invitation and decision, and our response to His invitation. He invites any who would respond.

Sadly, not all generations, peoples, and individuals choose the Lord. O that today you would listen to his voice! Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, when your ancestors tested me, and put me to the proof, thought they had seen my work. (Psalm 95:7b-9) Every generation chooses for themselves whether they will become God’s heritage. Becoming God’s legacy is a choice we each make by responding to His offer. When we do not respond, then all we pass from one generation to another is our human legacy, and often the legacy we leave is of little value to our children.

In fact, the legacy our children receive from us is not by their decision, and often they would likely have chosen differently if given the option. But God, on the other hand, knowing our weakness, still chose us for His heritage. He chooses us not for what we can do for Him, but for what He can do for us. He intervenes to bring a better legacy to our children, reaching out to each person, uniquely and individually, allowing us each the freedom to choose Him for ourselves.

Happiness is the outcome for the Lord’s chosen heritage. Chuckle as you think about the days of laughter and hope and pleasant boundaries that are yours because you have responded to God’s offer. Breathe in the aroma of God’s love and presence. Go out knowing that you are the heritage of the Lord who is God.  For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands have formed. (Psalm 95:3-5)

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