Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
This verse reminds the original hearer’s of Isaiah’s prophetic words of their origin stories.
The Lord – God – is our father – ab – principal or chief.
It was the Lord who made Adam from the dust of the earth.
We are the clay – chomer – a heap, the clay – in three other verses this word is used as a measure.
And the Lord is the, or more correctly ‘our’, potter – yatsar – to fashion, to form, to frame, to make, to purpose – this is the only occurrence of this word in the OT.
God takes the raw materials and forms and frames us into his design and purpose.
We are the work – maaseh – the act, the product, the property – of the Lord’s hand.
We have the Lord as our father.
He is the mastercraftsperson who has imagined and formed us from a measure of raw material.
We are the product and property of His hand.
What we were, what we are, and what we become, is all down to the master potter.
We were the raw material, we are given shape at the wheel, and we are finished into the final product.
Creatively we can follow the same formula.
Gather your raw materials. Give them their shape. Reveal the final product.
Be deliberate and focused, and know that the final item is the sum of that creative work.
Nothing turns out wrong.