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The Sheep

November 15, 2014

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The Sheep

Psalm 100:1-3

      Shout joyfully  to the LORD,  all the earth,
      Serve the LORD  with gladness.
      Come before Him  with joyful singing.
      Know  that the LORD Himself  is God.
      It is He  who has made us,  and not we ourselves.
      We are His people  and the sheep  of His pasture.

The “stress tests”  we go through every day  can seem overwhelming.     There are trying situations  with our finances,  workloads,  health,  other people,  politics,  and everything else.     And yet,  in all this  God says  we are  to  “shout joyfully  to the LORD”  and to  “serve the LORD  with gladness.”     Not only that,  but we are to  “come before Him  with joyful singing.”

We might moan,  “Not now.     I’ve got  too many  other things  on my mind.”

But  —  there is a very good reason  why we should stop  and follow God’s instructions  for our every day lives.     The number one reason is:

It is He  who has made us,  and not we ourselves;
We are His people  and the sheep  of His pasture.

We are God’s creation.     Because He made us,  He loves us  very dearly.     He calls us  His “people”  and His sheep.

Our problem  is that we go around assuming  we are our own “god”  of sorts.     We feel  like we have  to be  in control  of all things  in our lives  —  and don’t bother giving God Almighty credit  for having created us  and sustained us  all the days  of our lives  —  to this very day.     That is falling victim  to Satan’s deceitfulness  of convincing us  to put all our attention  on ourselves  —  and no attention  on our Savior.     Satan is awfully tricky,  but truth be said,  most of us fall  for that line  altogether too often.

Because  it is so easy  for us  to center  on all our own problems,  we need  to follow  God’s advice  and realize  that He alone  is LORD of lords,  King of kings,  and God  of gods.     Therefore,  we really can  “shout joyfully  to the LORD.”     We can serve God  with gladness  because all our problems  are in His hands  and He loves us.

It is with joy  that we can say  with Paul  in Romans 8:28,

And we know  that God causes  all things  to work  together  for good  to those  who love God,  to those  who are called  according to His purpose.

Because we are  the sheep  of His pasture”,  let us center  on our Good Shepherd,  joyfully follow Him,  and look  to Him  for all our needs.     We have good reason  to be glad.

As we rejoice  in God our Savior,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Creator,  Savior,  and Shepherd,  blessed be Your name  because You are so faithful  in caring  for us  in spirit,  body,  and soul.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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