The words of King Solomon’s bride, “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine” (Song 6:3), beautifully portray the security of a husband and wife who know they belong to each other. In a good marriage, this sense of belonging extends to the whole family. Parents speak of their children with love and pride. The children speak affectionately of their mother, their father, their brother, their sister.

This sense of belonging is available to all who acknowledge God as their Father. But many people don’t recognize God as their Maker and Owner. They see themselves as orphans in a mindless universe, accidents of nature who have no purpose, meaning, or hope. Believers, however, can rejoice with the psalmist, “We are His people and the sheep of His pasture” (100:3).

I still love the words I memorized when I was a boy. Question: “What is your only comfort in life and in death?” Answer: “That I, with body and soul both in life and in death, belong to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.”

We are His forever! We are His and He belongs to us! How appropriate to say, “Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing” (Ps. 100:1-2).