Shortly before landing at the airport in Atlanta last weekend, the pilot announced that due to the windy conditions we would experience some turbulence on our descent. He was right. We did.
When we touched down, instead of the normal “Welcome to Atlanta…local time is________ ” greeting, from our flight attendant these were the first words out of his mouth:
“Well…we made it.”
His comment didn’t really exude confidence. I think it was a joke and a few of us travelers even laughed because it was such a different (slightly unnerving way) to end our time of being 33,000 feet above the earth.
For some reason, this whole moment came back to me the next morning as I read Psalm 100 and I even shared the story and psalm later in the morning with a few volunteers at the church where I work.
“Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness;
come before Him with joyful songs.
Acknowledge that Yahweh is God.
He made us, and we are His—
His people, the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving
and His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him and praise His name.
For Yahweh is good, and His love is eternal;
His faithfulness endures through all generations.” Psalm 100
The one word that jumped out at me as I read this familiar psalm was His.
We are His
the sheep of His pasture
we enter His gates
It’s His love and His faithfulness that lasts forever
We belong to Him…the Creator of the universe. We are a part of His family and we are all on a journey to arrive home. I thought about both our flight attendant’s hesitant greeting and the gratitude-filled words of this Psalm in light of the current sermon series we are studying at church: “Victorious: We are because He is”
Because Jesus was triumphant, we are triumphant because we belong to Him. Our words and our actions and the way we live are opportunities to exude joy because of this Truth, the truth of belonging to Him. We have no reason to be hesitant or fearful because we have this same power, the power of the resurrection, living in us…willing and able to tackle every single battle that arises, willing and able to supply us with all the joy and strength and peace we’ll need for our journeys. This power will guide us through life and bring us home. If Jesus is, in a sense our pilot, and we are passengers on His plane, then we have complete confidence that He will land the plane safely. No matter how turbulent the journey might become, He will bring us home. This is reason to rejoice and approach His throne with confidence …every single day.
And when His plane touches down and we taxi to His gate, we won’t hear a single trace of trepidation.
Welcome to the family of God. Local time: Forever
As I was driving to church the other morning, after reading the above Psalm, the song You Make Me Brave by Bethel Music began playing.
“For You are for us
You are not against us
Champion of heaven
You made a way
for all to enter in.”