Martin Luther defined the term “god.” Often we use the term as though it’s a name, but actually it is a job description. A god, according to Luther, is one who provides and protects. Our god is the one we turn to when we need help. Or if you flip the coin over, the thing we fear, love and trust is, in fact, our god.
Luther also defined the term “idol”: something that presents itself to us as a god, but in fact has no power and is not able to provide and protect. To fear, love and trust an idol is ultimate folly, because there will be no help available to us, especially when we need it most.
For this reason, our jealous God commands us to fear, love and trust only the Lord, our God. In divine love, God wants to ensure that the handle we reach for when the world is collapsing around us is a stable and reliable source of security.
The psalmist celebrates that glorious truth. “The Lord is a great God.” (verse 3) “He is our God.” (verse 7) Our faithful God has chosen us, remains always close at hand and will never abandon us, especially when we are afraid, hurting or in need.
Loving God, keep our eyes on you alone and help us today to listen only to your voice. Amen. — TG