We are the sheep of God's pasture, and we are designed to praise 👏 the Lord forever. Max Lucado pointed out an important truth about sheep and us in his book, From a Gentle Thunder:
"Sheep aren’t smart. They tend to wander into running creeks for water, then their wool grows heavy and they drown. They need a shepherd to lead them to “calm water” (Psalm 23:2). They have no natural defense—no claws, no horns, no fangs. They are helpless. Sheep need a shepherd with a “rod and shepherd’s staff” (Psalm 23:4) to protect them. They have no sense of direction. They need someone to lead them “on paths that are right” (Psalm 23:3).
So do we. We, too, tend to be swept away by waters we should have avoided. We have no defense against the evil lion who prowls about seeking whom he might devour. We, too, get lost. We need a shepherd. We need a shepherd to care for us and to guide us. And we have one. One who knows us by name."
This is a humbling realization but also a joyous one. We are not as capable, intelligent, strong, or wise as we may imagine. We cannot successfully take on the Devil, our sinful desires, and the world on our own. There are no Lone Ranger Christians who can stand on their own and save the day.
The good news of the gospel is that Jesus has already won the battle, set us free, and now guides us. The Good Shepherd of Psalm 23 is with us. The Holy Spirit fills and empowers us. The Father has an eternal plan and cannot fail.
Be joyful! Praise God! You are in the palm of His hand and under the protection of the mighty Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. We have joy, peace, and love because God first loved us and called us.
Love God. Love people. Love you because you are handmade by God and unique..