Day 17 – Celebrate!

2020 VISION | Day 17 | Celebrate!

“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness: 

come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is He that hath 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 unto him, and bless His name.

For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations”(Psalm 100, KJV).

In verse three, the Psalmist describes the people of God as “the sheep of his pasture.” A shepherd himself, David knew the unique relationship between a shepherd and his sheep – how the shepherd would lead the sheep to just the right pasture where they could eat and drink. The shepherd cared for his sheep so much that he would do anything – even putting his own life at risk – to save and protect his sheep. How fitting that we would be called “the sheep of his pasture.” But this is no ordinary pasture. And this is certainly no ordinary shepherd. Our shepherd is the LORD – Jehovah – “the existing one.” All that exists in life finds its beginning and its sustenance in him. Our Great Shepherd provides so much more than physical food and water. He provides all that we need for life, vitality, fulfillment, and joy. God provides for both our physical and spiritual needs. By laying down his very life for us, He becomes our pasture whereby we may feed on him and receive eternal life. He is our bread of life (John 6:35) and our living water that never runs dry (John 4:14).When we consider all that God provides for us, our only response is to come before him with thanksgiving and praise, celebrating him for his unfailing love and unending faithfulness.

Prayer: Father, I thank you, and I praise you for all that you have freely given me. Today I celebrate you and your great love, your unwavering faithfulness, and the eternal life that I now have in you. In Christ’s name, Amen!