I’ve been reading through the Psalms a lot lately…specifically through chapters 90 – 100 this past week. As I have been reading through these chapters, there is a word that has been popping out to me a lot. That word is Lord. The writers of the Psalms seem to use that word often.
90:1 – Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations
91:2 – I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
92:5 – How great are your works, O Lord!
93:1 – The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty
94:12 – Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O Lord
95:3 – For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods
96:8 – Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name
97:1 – The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice
98:2 – The Lord has made known his salvation
99:1 – The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble!
100:2 – Serve the Lord with gladness!
These verses are just a small sample, Lord is used a lot throughout the Psalms as well as throughout scripture when referring to God.
We use the word Lord when referring to God today as well. People who would identify themselves as a Follower of Christ would say that God is Lord. Many praise songs that we sing in church refer to God as Lord. It’s not a uncommon word to use as a Follower of Christ. I’ve used it, and I am betting you have too.
However, do we actually think about what we are saying when we use that term about God? Do we think seriously about the meaning of that word, and what the application of calling him our Lord really is? I have a feeling, if we are honest, that we’d have to say we don’t most of the time. I know for a long time I really didn’t…not near as much as I should have.
The term Lord is a term referring to authority. The dictionary definition of the word Lord is:
When we call God our Lord, we are actually saying that God has authority, control and power of us; that he is our master, chief, and ruler. In essence, we are saying that God has complete authority over our lives to do whatever he desires, because he is in control and is our master.
It is actually a very bold, very strong, and very deep statement to make. If we say that God is Lord, then we are putting ourselves…our entire lives…under his authority and control, giving him power of us as our master. That means we are relinquishing control of our life and telling God that he can do whatever he desires in our life, and we will obey his authority over us. If he chooses to bless us, we will obey him and whatever he wants us to do with that blessing. If he chooses to take us through hard times, we will obey him and whatever he wants to do in our lives. Whatever he commands us to do, we will do; wherever he leads us to go, we will go. God is our authority, meaning we give up the ability to have authority over our self, and he is our master who has control over us and our life.
Is that what you mean when you call him Lord? If you don’t mean that, then you shouldn’t call him Lord. Because Lord is not just another name for God, it is a title that refers to a position of authority and power. It is a title that you are declaring has truth in your life.
If he truly is your Lord, then are you living as though he is? To do so means giving up authority and control in your life, and allowing God to have authority and control over you and your life. That is not easy, but that is exactly what calling God your Lord means.
So the next time you refer to God as Lord, think first. Do you really mean what you are saying when you call God your Lord?