Psalm 100:3 (ESV) – Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
There is something that we need to know if we are going to make it in this world. It’s basic, essential, and clarifying. The Lord is God. Not me. Not you. Not Ishtar. Not Baal. Not Batman. There is one God, and it is the Lord of Psalm 100:3.
As God, he has done some things that only God can do. One of them is the simple fact that he made us. He knit each of us together in our mother’s womb. He formed my parts there. Every one of them. Not to be crude, but those parts of you that make you either male or female, he’s responsible for that decision. This means I can’t define, redefine, or make myself anything different than what he has made me. This is something that only God can do. “It is he who made us,” stating what every reader of his day would have only known to be obvious.
It’s not obvious anymore though. We’re confused about who gets to decide our respective individual identities. In an attempt to throw off the oppressive shackles of theism, to burst the Creator’s bonds apart and to cast his chords from us like the raging nations in Psalm 2, our culture now thinks that individual people can make themselves. Well, not really. Not in the same way Psalm 100 says that God made us, but the point really is to untether ourselves from any superstitious imposition on our autonomy.
My heart goes out to and aches for those who are confused about their gender identity. I’ve never had that kind of struggle personally, and I honestly hurt even thinking about wondering whether or not I really am a man. But for various reasons, some do. I have angst for them. But I also think I have an answer for their agony. Read Psalm 100:3. Memorize the first 12 words, especially the ones that read “It is he who made us.” Believe them. Believe him. And begin thinking about yourself from his perspective.
I’m not being simplistic. I’m not saying this is easy. This is not “3 quick steps to end gender confusion.” But it is a start. And I am here to help. To listen. To pray. To encourage. There is hope. If you can get your theology right, if you can get God right, then you can make some progress toward being and enjoying who God made you to be.
If anybody in our church is struggling with who they are inside their own skin, please reach out. I don’t know who you are or if there are any who secretly and quietly sit in the foggy shadows of doubt. But God knows. He made you, defines you, and loves you. This is something you need to know in order to make it in this world. Come and talk to me, please.