God’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 a “Song 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! 2 Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. 3 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. 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 5 For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.
The 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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