5 – The Sheep of His Pasture

ThanksgivingPraiseGod’s loving care for His children is often illustrated in the Bible through the example of how a shepherd provides care for his flock of sheep  (see Psalms 23:1-2; Psalms 74:1; Psalms 77:20; Isaiah 40:11; Isaiah 53:6; John 10:1-5;  John 10:7-16).  Psalm 100 is aSong of Praise for the Lord’s Faithfulness to His People.”

Psalm 100:1-5 (NKJV) – Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!  Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.

Shepherd&LambThe shepherd’s job in Biblical times was a humble, dirty and thankless one … usually assigned to the man holding the lowest position in a household.  But the shepherd had significant responsibility to “his” sheep.  They depended upon him to lead them to new pastures and fresh water.  He was required to defend them from predators, such as wolves, and to find the lost sheep that had strayed away from the flock (see Luke 15:1-7). In John 10:11 Jesus describes Himself this way:   “I am the Good Shepherd.  The Good Shepherd gives His life for the sheep (John 10:11, 14).

Dear God, we thank You and praise You for being The Good Shepherd to us … the sheep of Your pasture.  As Your sheep, we offer you Thanksgiving Praise for leading us to new pastures, fresh water and for defending us from ALL predators.  What a blessing Lord that Your truth and Your mercy will endure forever.  Amen and Amen!

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About jimdavenport

Jim Davenport resides in the USA in Northeast Georgia, is a member of a Southern Baptist Church and is a retired Christian business man. Jim and his wife Charlotte have one son and daughter in law, Keven and Amy, four grandchildren – Ashlyn (Davenport) & Josh Murphy, Mason & Rebecca (Knight) Davenport and four great-grandchildren. Jim and Charlotte own a mountain get-away home located on Lookout Mountain in Alabama where they spend many spring, summer and fall days working in their raised bed organic garden. Jim has served as a Deacon and Trustee in his local church most of his adult life and on the Executive Committee and Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees of Shorter University, an intentionally Christian institution located in Rome, Georgia. Jim has a passion for the word of God and has always believed that Christian principles should guide every aspect of his life. He also loves Christian music and often served as a tenor soloist in his church. One of the highlights of his life was the nearly 20 years he spent singing with The Good News, a Southern Gospel quartet. Jim served as an Information Technology professional his entire working career of 50 years holding senior positions in and consulting with hundreds of world-class organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central and South America, Australia and New Zealand. Jim remains as President and CEO of InfoSys Solutions Associates, Inc. and is a retired partner of IT Governance Partners, LLC, both of which are “Trusted Advisor” technology and business consulting firms. Jim has authored a number of books available at www.jimdavenport.me/jims-books. His blog has ben read by readers from more than 170 countries. Jim holds both a BS and an MS in Mathematics from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia and completed Management Development Training at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
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